Victims Support

Victims participation at the ECCC

One of the major innovations of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the enhanced recognition of Victims in its proceedings. Victims of crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the Court are given a fundamental role in the ECCC. They can submit complaints to the Co-Prosecutors, who take the interests of Victims into account when considering whether to initiate  prosecution. Victims may also participate as Civil Parties. In this capacity, they are recognised as parties to the proceedings and are allowed to  seek collective and moral reparations. This reflects the commitment of the ECCC to its mandate of helping the Cambodian people in the pursuit of justice and national reconciliation, as stated in the Preamble to the Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia Concerning the Prosecution under Cambodian Law of Crimes committed during the Period of Democratic Kampuchea.

Video Compilation of Duch's Statements of Apology

In its judgement on appeals in Case 001 against Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) affirmed the Trial Chamber's previous decision to compile and post on the ECCC's official website all statements of apology and acknowledgements of responsibility made by Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch during the course of the trial, including the appeal stage. This is the audio and video version of this compilation. Watch the videos>>>

Latest update on victims activities

  • 30 August 2010 - 12:00am
    The Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) today convened a two-day forum in Battambang for 250 Civil Parties in the ECCC’s Case 002.  These Civil Parties come from across the northwest of the...
  • 22 July 2010 - 12:00am
    The ECCC has become an official sponsor of a Cambodian radio show which educates listeners about the traumatic impact of the Khmer Rouge regime and offers on-air counseling to Khmer Rouge survivors.The tribunal’s Victims Support Unit (VSS) will help...
  • 17 June 2010 - 12:00am
    ECCC’s Acting Director of Administration, H.E. Tony Kranh signs an agreement with GTZ Country Director Heinrich-Jürgen Schiller on 16 June 2010 at the ECCC in the presence of the German Ambassador to Cambodia Frank Mann and Victims Support Section...
  • 25 February 2010 - 12:00am
    In respect of Civil party applicants in Case 002 who have filed applications with the Victims Support Section up to the deadline of 29 January 2009, the Co-Investigating Judges of the ECCC have decided to accept supplementary information from those...
  • 9 February 2010 - 12:00am
    The 7th Plenary Session of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) today concluded, having enacted a number of rule amendments designed to ensure effective and streamlined Civil Party participation in ECCC proceedings. To date,...
  • 27 January 2010 - 12:00am
    On 14 January 2010, the Co-Investigating Judges notified all parties to the proceedings that they consider the judicial investigation in Case File 002 to be concluded. While the Co-Investigating Judges’ announcement signifies that the judicial...
  • 14 January 2010 - 12:00am
    The Victims Unit is extending its opening hours for all persons wishing to file an application to become a Civil party in Case 002, in which charges have been laid against Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Kaing Guek Eav. As...
  • 27 October 2009 - 12:00am
    "We want to see justice done," was the overwhelming response of participants at a regional forum in Kampong Cham, 24-25 October, when they were asked why the wanted to participate in the trials before the Extraordinary Chambers in the...
  • 28 September 2009 - 12:00am
    As Case 001 draws to a close, and the ECCC Co-investigating judges have started to recognize more Civil Parties for case 002, the Victims Unit has launched a program of regional Civil Party forums, the first of which took place on Saturday and...

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