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Legal News
22 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Ieng Thirith [ECCC profile], the sister-in-law of Pol Pot considered the "first lady" of the Khmer Rouge, died [press release] Saturday at the age of 83. Ieng Thirith was Minister of Social Action during Democratic Kampuchea [backgrounder, PDF] between 1975 and 1979. From late 2011 to 2012 Ieng Thirith, … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Cambodia to drop plans to revive [press release] a restrictive nongovernmental organizations (NGO) law. Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] has reportedly said he would use the Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations (LANGO) to "handcuff" non compliant groups. Brian … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Cambodian lawmakers on Thursday voted by an overwhelming margin to approve a new electoral commission that promises to ensure fairness in the next national vote in 2018. The vote came after opposition leader Sam Rainsey criticized the electoral commission for being biased and disputed the 2013 election results [BBC … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday charged [press release] mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge [CTM backgrounder] cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges [press release] brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website, in Cambodian] charged two new suspects … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cambodia's Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) [party websites, in Khmer] in an … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] charged two new suspects on Tuesday, despite a warning by the country's prime minister not to add new defendants. The ECCC announced that former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem [statements] … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday accused a Cambodia leader of human rights abuse, reporting [press release] that the commander of the nation's gendarmerie [Global Security backgrounder] admitted to using force against opposing individuals such as anti-government demonstrators and protesters. General Sao Sohka, leader of the gendarmerie … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Jan 2015
by Yvonne Kwan of University of California Santa Cruz
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Yvonne Y. Kwan, doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses the politics surrounding the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunals ...Political narratives of pain and suffering are most often constructed by those who sanction the production and circulation of those narratives. Such critiques of … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Thursday restarted genocide hearings against the former Khmer Rouge regime's surviving leaders. Proceedings had been postponed since November, when defense lawyers refused to participate [JURIST reports] because they were still working to appeal an earlier verdict. Leaders … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that the trial of two Cambodian leaders accused of committing genocide will be postponed to January 2015. Lawyers for Khieu Samphan have refused to participate [JURIST report] in trial proceedings before the appeal … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan announced Saturday their intent to boycott the second trial against their clients in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) until the lawyers have had time to appeal the men's earlier … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The first trial judging charges of genocide against Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime [JURIST news archive] opened on Friday with the prosecutor saying it will show that Cambodians were enslaved in inhumane conditions that led to the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [Center for Justice and Accountability background] found former Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity committed between 17 April 1975 and December 1977. They were sentenced to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human rights lawyer Morton Sklar urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday to investigate attacks in Cambodia on political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile]. Sklar accused [AP report] the Cambodian authorities of a systematic pattern of crimes to silence dissenting opinions … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] on Monday urged [press release] Cambodia to set up an independent national body to monitor detention centers in order to fulfill its international obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) [text, PDF]. Cambodia ratified the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A senior UN official on Thursday urged [UN statement] international donors to provide financial support to Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], in order to allow it to continue ongoing trials. The ECCC, a hybrid court established in 2001 … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Two former leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] regime, "Brother Number Two," Nuon Chea, and former president Khieu Samphan, on trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [official website] requested Thursday that they be acquitted of all charges, as closing arguments in their trial began. … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Prosecutors at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], on Monday requested life imprisonment in the case [court materials] against two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. The former leaders, Nuon Chea, also known as "Brother … [read more]

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