Security & Safety

Security & Safety (parallel national and international sections)

The Supplementary Agreement on Safety and Security outlines the structure for organisation of Security and Safety within the ECCC with an International Chief, Security and Safety and a national (Cambodian) Chief of Security.

The agreement separates the areas of responsibility, so rather than having two parallel security sections; the United Nations and Cambodian Government have differing areas of responsibility that complement each other to ensure that all aspects of security and safety are covered. This requires close coordination and cooperation between the section chiefs.

The  national team headed by His Excellency General Mao Chandara, in coordination with the Royal Government of Cambodia, the section is responsible for:

  • The perimeter security of the ECCC;
  • Protection of ECCC personnel;
  • Personal protection of Cambodian staff with a high risk profile.

The Government is also responsible for the provision of emergency response services such as: Fire brigade

  • On site medical support and ambulance
  • Bomb disposal;
  • Provision of police as necessary for the preservation of law and order on the premises;
  • Rapid reaction for other emergencies

The Government is further responsible for the safety and security of all witnesses and the control, safety and security of accused persons.

The international team headed by Mr. Sassan Rahimi. Under the terms of agreement between the UN and the ECCC, the section is responsible for:

  • Internal safety and security of the ECCC site which includes, operations, access control, court security, building security, information security, fire safety, ID cards and passes and control centre operations;
  • Security Risk Assessments for the ECCC site;
  • Protection of international personnel who have a high risk profile.

The UN provides international personnel for designated security positions such as operations, building security, courtroom security, operating a control centre, personal protection, information security, investigations and training.

To assist the UN in meeting its security responsibilities Cambodian security personnel are employed by the ECCC in positions such as guards, fire safety, an ID and pass assistant, and control centre operators.

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