Having successfully conducted the Stakeholders Consultation on Case 002/02 Reparation last month, the Victims Support Section (VSS) and the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers Section (CPLCLS) will host a Civil Parties Consultation on Case 002/02 Reparations, which will take place on 21 July 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre (CKCC), Royal University of Phnom Penh, Russian Federation Boulevard, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in cooperation with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), is hosting a seminar series on the topics of international criminal law and human rights law. The aim is to increase awareness and knowledge of these subject areas among law students and teachers/researchers in Cambodia, as well as to foster interaction between ECCC jurists and academia, with a view to facilitating research.
The July 2014 edition of the Court Report features the visit of the Principal Donors Group to the ECCC. The Court Report also features articles on the recent donations of Malaysia, Australia and Sweden, as well as the story of a couple of interns sharing about their experience at the ECCC. Information about the preliminary stakeholder consultation held on 11 June 2014 has also been added to the Court Report. In addition, judicial updates of each section are also placed.
The Government of Sweden has announced that it will make a new contribution of SEK 30 million (approximately US$4.5 million) to the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for 2014-2015.With the new contribution, Sweden’s financial assistance to the ECCC will exceed US$10 million. Sweden is a key financial backer of the ECCC and is a member of the Principal Donors Group.
The Government of Malaysia has contributed US$50,000 to the national component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Malaysia is a new donor to the ECCC, and made this contribution in response to an appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Kimoon, and the Royal Government of Cambodia. The international community was asked to urgently come forward with pledges of financial support to the ECCC.
ECCC and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Memorial in Tuol Sleng Museum
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MoCFA) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 10 July 2014 to establish a memorial in Tuol Sleng Museum, in commemoration of the victims who died there during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979. The ceremony will take place in Tuol Sleng and will be presided over by H.E. Kranh Tony, Acting Director of Administration Office of the ECCC, and His Excellency Chuch Phoeurn, Secretary of State of the MoCFA.
The Government of Australia has confirmed that it will make a new single contribution of AU$3.25 million (approximately US$3 million) to the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). With this new pledge, the Government of Australia’s total contribution to the ECCC will exceed AU$26 million. Australia is the second largest donor to the ECCC, and it has supported the Court since its inception.
Today New York-based representatives of the Principal Donors Group (PDG) for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) completed an important 3-day visit to Phnom Penh. The visit by the PDG – a group of key contributing countries working with the UN to support the ECCC – reinforced its commitment to the ECCC and the pursuit of justice for victims of atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime.
The June 2014 edition of the Court Report features the upcoming judgement in Case 002/01, which will be pronounced on 7 August 2014 in the main courtroom of the ECCC. Case 002/01 is the first of at least two trials against the accused, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. The charges focus on alleged crimes against humanity related to the forced movement of population and the alleged execution of Khmer Republic soldiers. The Court Report also features information on the recently announced initial hearing for Case 002/02, which will take place on 30 July 2014.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will resume its weekly radio programme on 19 June 2014, following a two-month break. The radio programme, “Khmer Rouge Leaders on Trial”, airs every Thursday on Bayon FM95 from 12:00 – 13:00.Each programme presents the major developments from the week’s hearings and features guest speakers from the court. Listeners are also invited to call in and ask questions to officials from the ECCC.
The Trial Chamber has announced that an initial hearing in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will be held in in the Main Courtroom of the ECCC on Wednesday 30 July 2014 at 09:00. If necessary, the hearing will continue on Thursday 31 July.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has announced that the judgement in Case 002/01 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will be pronounced in the Main Courtroom of the ECCC on Thursday 7 August 2014 at 09:00.Information to visitors and media:The 482 seats in the public gallery will be allocated as follows:1. Case 002 Civil Parties and legal representatives:
Having successfully submitted the Civil Parties’ final claim for reparations before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Case 002/01, preparations for the development of reparation requests for the next trial, Case 002/02, are now set to begin.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has announced that the judgement in Case 002/01 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will be pronounced at 09:00 am on Thursday 7 August 2014 in the ECCC main courtroom. If convictions are entered, decisions on sentencing and civil party reparation requests will also be delivered.
Ms. Marie Guiraud of France has been appointed as new international Civil Party Lead Co- Lawyer at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Her appointment is effective 1 June 2014.
The United Nations General Assembly has authorized a subvention of US$ 15.5 million to the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
The Government of Norway has approved that its recent financial contribution of 6 million NOK (approximately US$ 1 million) can be redirected from the international component to the national component of the ECCC to meet the salary costs of the national staff.
The May issue of the Court Report features a focus on the crime sites and factual allegations that will form the basis of the second trial in Case 002 following the Trial Chamber’s severance decision. Stories of the fitness to stand trial of both Accused in Case 002 are also included. The newsletter also carries articles on study tours conducted at the ECCC and the support secured for the reparation projects lead by the Victims Support Section and the Civil Party lead Co-Lawyers, as well as the recent subvention authorized by The United Nations General Assembly.
In two separate decisions issued on 25 April 2014, the Trial Chamber found that both Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea are fit to stand trial. The decisions were made after the two accused perssons had been examined by three appointed medical experts in March 2014. The three experts appointed by the Trial Chamber were Dr. Seena FAZEL (United Kingdom), Dr. CHAN Kin Ming and Dr. HUOT Lina (Cambodia).
International Co-Prosecutor requests investigation of alleged sexual and gender-based violence in Case 004
ECCC Internal Rule 54 requires that any Introductory or Supplemental submission by the Co-Prosecutors shall be confidential but provides that the Co-Prosecutors “may provide the public with an objective summary of the information contained in such submissions.” Accordingly, taking into consideration the interests, security and privacy of victims and witnesses, the rights of suspects who are entitled to the presumption of innocence, and the requirement of rules that the investigation shall be confidential, the International Co-Prosecutor provides the following information.
Wide ranging support has been secured for the Civil Parties’ reparation projects requested in Case 002/01 before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). These reparation projects will benefit victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime from 1975-1979.
The April issue of the Court Report features stories of the approval of the court’s new biennial budget and the Trial Chamber’s denial to postpone the commencement of the second trial in Case 002. The newsletter also carries articles on an outreach initiative by Cambodian youth volunteers and the publication of an annotated version of Cambodia’s criminal procedure law. Judicial updates of each section are also placed. You can download The Court Report from the following link: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/publication/court-report-april-2014
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has issued a new severance decision which defines which alleged crime sites and factual allegations will be included in the trial in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. Charges related to genocide, forced marriages and rape, treatment of Buddhists, internal purges, targeting of former Khmer Republic officials, four security centers, three worksites and one group of adjacent cooperatives will form the basis for Case 002/02.
The Government of Norway has announced a new pledge of NOK 6 million (approximately US$ 1 million) to the ECCC. With this latest pledge, the financial assistance provided by Norway to the ECCC exceeds US$ 7 million, and the country has supported the court since its inception.“On behalf the ECCC, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the generous and continuous support offered by the Government of Norway”, said Acting Director of the Office of Administration HE KRANH Tony and Deputy Director Knut Rosandhaug in a statement.
The Defence Support Section (“DSS”) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”) has assigned Mr. John R.W.D. Jones QC of the United Kingdom as the foreign Co-Lawyer to represent a Suspect named in the Third Introductory Submission filed by the International Co-Prosecutor to the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges on 7 September 2009. The Third Introductory Submission is part of the Case File in Case 004. The identity of any Suspect named in the Third Introductory Submission remains confidential.