11 April 2008 by Christine Chaumeau

A decisive step has been taken towards setting up the Extraordinary Chambers to try Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia. Thirteen countries pledged a wide range of contributions at a fundraising conference organised by the United Nations secretariat on 28 March. The Japanese government's massive financial investment in the future trials may not be unrelated to its regional struggle for influence with China.

03 December 2007 by Thierry Cruvellier

On November 20, a day after the arrest of former Khmer Rouge president, Khieu Samphan, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) held its first public hearing in the Duch case. It was a legal christening marked by a debate on the prolonged detention of the accused and, for the public who came to watch, by the amateur televising of the events.

10 April 2006 by Anne-Laure Porée

The outcome of Slobodan Milosevic trial may recur in Cambodia, where the government is delaying setting up the extraordinary chambers to try ex- Khmer Rouge leaders, adopting a strategy that increases the likelihood of these leaders dying before they ever come to trial. The latest holdup - the nomination of judges. On March 7, the UN Secretary-General gave Phnom Penh a list of international judges. Since then, the Supreme Council of Magistracy, presided by King Norodom Sihanouk, has been putting off announcing their nomination and the nomination of the Cambodian judges. Helen Jarvis, head of public affairs at the special court for Cambodia, is invariably insisting that these announcements, which have been promised since the beginning of 2006, will be made "soon." According to her, "It's a matter of weeks."

Kek Galabru