Mr Rob Hamill

Rob Hamill, a New Zealand Olympian rower, was an active Civil Party in Case 001 and gave civil party testimony against the accused, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, who was convicted for his role as Chief of S-21, the high-school-turned-torture-centre, the subject of the trial in Case 001.  Rob lost his brother, Kerry Hamill, to the Khmer Rouge, as Kerry’s boat was captured off the coast of Cambodia by Khmer Rouge navy gunmen in 1977, and Kerry and his companions were taken to S21 in Phnom Penh, where they were interrogated, tortured, forced to sign confessions, and ultimately executed.

Rob was also admitted as a Civil Party in Case 002 against senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

In the very contentious Case 003, following appeals, and upon proof of harm being linked with matters within the scope of judicial investigations – and following multiple appeals – Rob has ultimately also been admitted as a Civil Party.   His appeal uncovered a number of procedural irregularities supporting inferences of political interference in Case 003 (and potentially, also Case 004).

Access the ECCC webpage on the appeal here. or access the PDF file here.

Case 003 has not proceeded past the investigation phase, and in late 2012, a new Co-investigating Judge, Mark Harmon, commenced office, following the resignation of the previous International Co-Investigating Judge, Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, in mid 2012.  Prior to Judge Kasper-Ansermet, Judge Siegfried Blunk, in 2011, and Marcel Le Monde, in 2010, also resigned.

A film, “Brother Number One” (watch the trailer here) has been produced, as a documentary of Rob’s quest to uncover the fate of his brother at S21.  The documentary plays with the title to which Pol Pot was referred during the Khmer Rouge years – “Brother Number One”.

Selected Rob Hamill stories. click here for a complete list of Rob Hamill stories.

  • Documentary film screening: Brother number one New Zealander, Rob Hamill will be doing a film screening tour of his documentary, “Brother Number One” in Sydney and Canberra. Sydney Event on 10 March 2015, 5.30 – 7pm at UNSW (Staff Common Room, Level 2, Law School). RSVP Essential Canberra Event on 11 March 2015, 6 – 8.30pm at ANU (Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull ...
  • Hamill Seeks Extension for Civil Party Appeal By Douglas Gillison, The Cambodia Daily 25 May 2012. Lawyers for the New Zealand rower Rob Hamill are seeking an extended deadline in their appeal to have him admitted as a civil party in Khmer Rouge investigations that are opposed by the government. Civil party applications by Mr Hamill, whose elder brother Kerry was murdered by ...
  • Hamill Given Access to Khmer Rouge File Stuff New Zealand/Sunday Star Times, 29 February 2012, by Michael Daly Rob Hamill: a decision granting him civil party status in the Cambodian war crimes trial of Khmer Rouge commanders he holds responsible for the death of his brother Kerry is a huge breakthrough. That decision should have given him access to the case file, but that ...
  • Hamill Granted Civil Party Status By Bridget Di Certo, Phnom Penh Post 28 February 2012. Reserve international Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet has wiped the decision of his predecessor, Siegfried Blunk, and Cambodian counterpart and awarded prominent victim advocate Rob Hamill of New Zealand civil party status in Case 003. The decision paves the way for more civil party applications from victims of ...
  • Hamill’s Lawyers on Warpath By Thomas Miller Phnom Post 21 July 2011. Attorneys for former Olympic rower Rob Hamill have appealed against what they described as an “absolutely shocking” decision by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s co-investigating judges to reject his application for civil-party status in the court’s controversial third case. Civil party lawyer Lyma Nguyen said in a statement yesterday the ...
  • Lawyers Want 003 Case File By James O’Toole, Phnom Penh Post 25 May 2011. Lawyers for former Olympic rower Rob Hamill have called for access to the case file in the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s third case as they prepare to appeal the controversial rejection of his civil party application. In a request dated May 12 and made public on the court’s website ...
  • Rob Hamill’s Application for Civil Party Status in Case 003 in ECCC is Rejected Rob Hamill’s application to the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC) to be a Civil Party in Case 003 is rejected by Co-Investigating Judges Siegfried BLUNK and YOU Bunlung PRESS RELEASE HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND, 16 MAY 2011: On 12 May 2011, I received a letter rejecting my civil party claims in cases 003 and 004. I ...
  • Rob Hamill Calls for Diasporas and Expat Cambodians to File for Civil Party Status in Cases 003/004 Civil party applicant Rob Hamill calls for diasporas and expat Cambodian community to file for Civil Party status in Case 003 and 004 in the ECCC PRESS RELEASE, Hamilton, New Zealand 8 May 2011: Recent events surrounding the United Nations-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”) has motivated Olympic and trans-Atlantic rower Rob Hamill’s call ...
  • Rob Hamill’s Civil Party Application to the ECCC Case 003/004 I am now applying to become a Civil Party in Case 003/004 against the five individuals believed to be under investigation by the ECCC Office of Co-Investigating Judges, in particular against military commanders Mr. MEAS Muth and Mr. SOU Met who commanded respectively the Navy and Air Force of Democratic Kampuchea (“DK”), in addition to ...
  • Rob HAMILL Files Civil Party Application in Case 003/004 PRESS RELEASE 07 April 2011 Rob HAMILL Files Civil Party Application in Case 003/004 against Khmer Rouge Military Commanders MEAS Muth and SOU Met at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC) Between April 17 1975 and 6 January 1979 more than 1,700,000 people were murdered, starved or worked to death during the rule of ...