Khmer Rouge Trial Project

After a seven year long and challenging negotiation process, the National Assembly and the Senate of Cambodia approved and ratified the “Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia” in October 2004.  The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) have since been established to prosecute crimes committed during the period of the Democratic Kampuchea, dating from the 17th of April 1975 to the 7th of January 1979.

Even though the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge dates back 30 years ago, 98% of 536 Cambodian citizens interviewed by KID during a survey in August 2004, want to have the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and 61.3% expect that the tribunal would bring justice for them.

KID organizes outreach activities to inform rural populations about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC) processes, to assist them to participate in the trials as victims or witnesses; and to teach about their rights under law.
The outreach activities are carried out in the provinces of Kampong Cham, Kratie, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Siem Reap, Battanbang, and Kampong Thom by 120 KID volunteer citizen advisors based in those provinces. 

From April 2005 to June 2007, KID’s outreach covered 737 villages in 267 communes, with the total participation of 54,005 villagers.  The current round of outreach running from October 2007-April 2008 estimates to educate 50,000 villagers.

Victim and Witness Protections Standards for the ECCC and Beyond 2007-2009

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Citizen Advisor Training and Outreach
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Police Training
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Advocacy

Survey and Outreach

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2004 Survey on the Establishment of the ECCC English | Khmer
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2005-2007 Outreach- “About the ECCC” and “Participation at the ECCC”

Teaching Materials from Previous Projects

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Fair Trial Principle
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Human Rights
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Legislation, Legal Drafting, Commenting on Draft Laws, and Lobbying
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The Cambodian Judicial Procedure; the Role of Legal Actors; Writing Judgments; and Court Observations
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Interviewing, Presentation, and Communication Skills

Related Links

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The Khmer Institute of Democracy website