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Nuon Chea in the courtroom on the start of hearing of evidence in Case 002 on 5 December 2011.
For over a quarter of a century, the Cambodian people have waited for justice. Finally, the time has now come for the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those most responsible for serious crimes to be held accountable for their crimes.The ECCC is designed to provide fair public trials in conformity with international standards. The chief goal is to provide justice to the Cambodian people, those who died and those who survived. It is hoped that fair trials will ease the burden that weighs on the survivors. The trials are also for the new generation - to educate Cambodia's youth about the darkest chapter in our country's history.By judging the accused in fair and open trials and by punishing those most responsible, the trials will strengthen the rule of law and set an example for people who disobey the law in Cambodia and for cruel regimes worldwide. If criminals knowthat they will be held accountable, they may be deterred. By supporting and learning about justice, we can all contribute to the reconstruction of our society.