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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
5 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] on Thursday that the refusal by the government of Cambodia to pay staff at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], is an attempt to undermine efforts to bring former Khmer Rouge … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Approximately 100 staff members at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], went on strike Sunday in protest of unpaid wages. More than 250 staff members, including judges, prosecutors and interpreters, have not been paid since June of this year because … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Wednesday that Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], is running out of money, threatening its survival. Ban urged [AP report] international donors to provide financial support to keep the tribunal running. Due … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Cambodia is misusing [press release] its judicial system in order to suppress dissent and thereby undermine justice, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday amid two court rulings against three individuals. In the first case, the Court of Appeals of Cambodia upheld a lower court's 20-year … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A prominent Cambodian radio broadcaster and rights activist was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Monday after being convicted of insurrection and inciting rebellion against the state. Mam Sonando, 71, runs the independent Beehive radio station and has been an outspoken critic of the Cambodian government [AFP report]. He … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Sunday released the former "First Lady" of the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] regime, Ieng Thirith. The court ruled that due her degenerative illness, said to likely be Alzheimers, she should be released from detention [Phnom Penh … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] ruled [press release] Thursday that the sister-in-law of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot [BBC backgrounders] is not mentally competent to stand trial, ordering her release. The tribunal held that Ieng Thirith [ECCC profile], … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], Cambodia's UN-supported war crimes tribunal, announced Thursday that it would declassify more than 1,700 documents [press release, PDF] including "victims' 'confessions' and biographies, witness statements, transcripts of in camera hearings, and rogatory letters." The documents being declassified are … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday released the full text [PDF] of its appeals judgment in the case of Kaing Guek Eav [NYT backgrounder], also known as "Duch." Case 001, [ECCC backgrounder], which was the first case … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website]on Friday urged the Cambodian government to give its full cooperation to the new judges [text] that will eventually be appointed to investigate the genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime [BBC backgrounder]. The statement also explained that the secretary-general will begin … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Swiss judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] resigned [press release] on Monday over a dispute with a Cambodian ECCC judge. International Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet said that he faced ongoing resistance from National Co-Investigating Judge You Bunleng concerning … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Dr. Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association (IBA) [official website] on Sunday published the second in a series of reports examining the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. The report [text, PDF], "The ECCC- A Failure of Credibility," asserts that the legitimacy … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday sentenced Kaing Guek Eav [Hague Justice profile; ECCC materials], also known as "Duch," to life imprisonment [press release] for crimes against humanity and violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions [materials]. In … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A German judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] resigned [press release] on Monday over statements made by the Cambodian foreign minister. Cambodian government officials have put pressure on the international court to turn the cases over to Cambodia, with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday demanded the resignation [text] of the two judges responsible for indictments at the Cambodian tribunal on Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] war crimes. HRW alleges that the two investigating judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Wednesday concluded three days of hearings [UN News Centre report] in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh aimed at determining whether two senior Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leaders are fit enough to stand trial on accusations of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Monday that they have "serious doubts" that the suspects being investigated by the court are those "most responsible" for the for alleged war crimes. The tribunal is responsible for … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge head of state, Khieu Samphan [case profile, PDF], on Thursday promised to reveal information about of the communist Khmer Rouge regime [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] that governed Cambodia during the 1970s. Samphan told the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began the initial hearings [materials; agenda, PDF] in the trial of four former leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge regime [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] of the 1970s. The four leaders include Nuon … [read more]

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