A Study about Victims’ Participation at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and Gender-Based Violence under the Khmer Rouge Regime

A Study about Victims’ Participation at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and Gender-Based Violence under the Khmer Rouge Regime.

By Judith Strasser, Thida Kim, Silke Studzinsky, Sopheap Taing
Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia

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Briefing Paper on the ECCC, the Cambodian Women’s Hearing, and Steps for Addressing Sexual Violence under the Khmer Rouge Regime

Theresa de Langis and Silke Studzinsky, May 2012)

A growing body of evidence suggests sexual crimes under the Khmer Rouge were a daily reality for many women; such acts were seldom punished and implicitly endorsed by an “enemy policy;” and victim-survivors continue to suffer from trauma, discrimination and social stigma even until today.

Despite this, the current Khmer Rouge tribunal (the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, or ECCC) has consistently resisted taking up sexual crimes for full deliberation, missing opportunities to incorporate and advance lessons learned from past tribunals (such as the ICTY, ICTR or SCSL) in both judiciary and non-judiciary approaches.

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Panel Statement for Asia-Pacific Regional Women’s Hearing on Gender-Based Violence in Conflict

Held on 10 and 11 October, 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Women’s Hearing on Gender-Based Violence in Conflict took  place at the Ecumenical Diakonia Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 10 and 11 October 2012. It was organized by the Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) in partnership with the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia (TPO) and Victim Support Section of the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The Women’s Hearing was open to the public and was attended by representatives from the Royal Government of Cambodia, representatives of the ECCC, Civil Parties to the ECCC, the United Nations (UN), international and local non- government organizations (NGOs), civil society and university faculty and students. Continue reading