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Australia Pledges AU$3.25 Million

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.

Statement by the Principal Donors Group for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

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 Court Report June 2014 issued

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.

ECCC weekly radio programme resumes on 19 June 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.

Initial Hearing in Case 002/02 scheduled for 30 July 2014

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.

Access for public and media accreditation to Case 002/01 judgement

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:

Planning begins for Case 002/02 reparation requests

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.

Judgement in Case 002/01 to be pronounced on 7 August 2014

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.

Marie Guiraud appointed as new Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer

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.

UN General Assembly approves US$ 15.5 million funding reserve

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).

Contribution from Norway to be directed to the national component of 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 Court Report for May 2014 issued

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.

Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea found fit to stand trial

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 secured for the reparations for victims of the Khmer Rouge

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 Court Report for April 2014 issued

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 

Trial Chamber defines scope for trial in Case 002/02

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.

Norway makes a new pledge of NOK 6 million

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.

Mr. John R.W.D. Jones assigned as foreign Co-Lawyer to represent a suspect in case 004

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.

ECCC budget for 2014-2015 published

The budget for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for the period 2014-2015 has been endorsed by the Group of Interested States, and is now available on the ECCC website.The total budget amounts to US$ 31.6 million for 2014 and US$ 28.9 million for 2015 with the following breakdown (all figures are inclusive contingency):

The Court Report for March 2014 issued

The March edition of the Court Report carries articles about the examination of the accused’s fitness, judicial considerations on suspect’s access to case file in Case 004 and reparation projects proposed for Case 002/01. As usual, judicial updates of each chamber and judicial office are also featured in this edition. You can download The Court Report from the following link: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/publication/court-report-march-2014 See the previous issues of The Court Report: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/public-affair/publication/report

State of Qatar contributes US$ 20,000 to ECCC

The State of Qatar has announced a contribution of US$ 20,000 to the national side of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). In a letter announcing the new contribution, the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations expressed that the contribution is made in  response to the appeal made by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to all member States to come forwards urgently with pledges of financial support to the ECCC.

Meaningful reparation for Khmer Rouge victims

Wide ranging support has been secured for the Civil Parties’ requested reparation projects in Case 002/01, but there remains a funding gap and, consequently, various opportunities still exist for potential donors to engage in the realization of these projects, which will benefit the victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime from 1975-1979.

Statement by Elisabeth Simonneau-Fort, International Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer

I would like to inform you that, at the end of May 2014, I will resign from my post at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia  (ECCC). At this stage, I would also like to emphasize that it has been an honour to introduce the Lead Co-Lawyers scheme of Civil Party participation and representation in international justice. I will not take in charge Case 002/02 for personal and professional reasons. During the last months, I have continued to exercise my role as the international Lead Co-Lawyer on behalf of Civil Parties from France and pro bono.

Ms. Suzana Tomanović assigned as foreign Co-Lawyer to represent a suspect in Case 004

The Defence Support Section (“DSS”) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”) has assigned Ms. Suzana Tomanović 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.

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