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Expectations, Challenges and Opportunities of the ECCC

  • Jeudy Oeung
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Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 6)

Abstract

The atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge reign have never been forgotten. The ECCC was established by the Cambodian government and the United Nations to bring to justice those who are the most responsible for these crimes. Having such a special tribunal existing in the country where the crimes were committed raises high and different expectations among the Cambodian people, especially the victims participating in the trial proceedings as civil parties. These expectations include active participation in the truth finding, obtaining justice, acknowledgment and support, reconciliation and reparations. On the way towards ‘justice’, there are numerous challenges legally, financially and politically, especially given the advanced age and frail health of the two remaining senior Khmer Rouge leaders in Case 002. In addition the ECCC still faces uncertainties with respect to Cases 003 and 004. Nevertheless, there are opportunities to overcome these challenges by the ECCC itself and with the contribution of its supporters including the Cambodian government, the United Nations and NGOs to ensure a proper administration of justice and to leave a positive legacy for the domestic courts.

Keywords

Reconciliation Legacy Reparations Victim participation Victim support Political interference 

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© T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Embassy of SwedenPhnom PenhCambodia

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