Tribunal Khmers rouges

Communiqué conjoint du Groupe des amis des Chambres extraordinaires au sein des Tribunaux Cambodgiens (CETC) :

The Group of Friends of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) met with the ECCC administrators (international and national components) as well as a representative of the Royal Government of Cambodia on February 15, at the French Residence, to discuss the latest developments, the provisional judicial workplan, and the impact of Covid-19 on their activities. This meeting was the first face-to-face meeting of the Group of Friends in more than two years.

Fully committed to the fight against impunity and the rule of law, the Group of Friends of the ECCC has supported the work of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal since its establishment in 2006.

The Group of Friends understands that the last case of the Extraordinary Chambers is projected to be completed by the end of this year, with the finalization of appeals before the Supreme Court Chamber in Case 002/02 against the former President of the Presidium of Democratic Kampuchea, KHIEU Samphân. Three years have already passed since the appeal against the Judgement of the Trial Chamber was filed before the Supreme Court Chamber. The Group of Friends recalls the importance of the ECCC to deliver justice within a reasonable period of time. Bearing also in mind the limited financial resources available for the ECCC, the Group emphasizes the importance of adhering to the timelines established in the completion plan produced by the ECCC.

The Group of Friends of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal also stresses that the ECCC should smoothly and swiftly transition to its new residual mandate soon after the judicial work of the ECCC is terminated and should provide some more concrete ideas on how to proceed. This will be key in order to prepare for the necessary funding in time. The residual mandate could include inter alia the revision of judgments, the protection of victims and witnesses, the execution of sentences, the management of records, the enhancement of archives and their accessibility, legacy-related matters, and the preservation of the memory of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge.

Joint statement by the following diplomatic representations :

-  Australian Embassy
-  Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
-  Embassy of the Czech Republic
-  Delegation of the European Union
-  Embassy of France
-  German Embassy
-  Embassy of Japan
-  Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
-  Embassy of the Republic of Korea
-  Embassy of Sweden – Section office in Phnom Penh
-  British Embassy
-  Embassy of the United States of America

Dernière modification : 03/03/2022

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