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Witness appears before the ECCC in case 002/02 against on 13 January 2016 (Photo: Flickr/ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng)
10 February 2016 by Ate Hoekstra, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) continued this month hearing eyewitness testimony about how the Khmer Rouge targeted Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese, including women and children. Case 002/02, part two of the case against former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan [IJT-176, IJT-179], tackles the question of whether the regime committed genocide as per the narrow legal definition.

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02 February 2011 by Jared Ferrie

Three former Khmer Rouge leaders asked a UN-backed international tribunal on Monday to free them as they await the long anticipated, but yet unscheduled, trial. 

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26 October 2011 by Robert Carmichael

The elderly defendants deny charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. They stand accused of responsibility for the deaths of up to 2.2 million people during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-79 rule. Tribunal spokesman Lars Olsen explained the significance of Case 002, as it is known in court parlance.

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American journalist Elizabeth Becker testifies as an expert witness in Case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (Photo: ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng/Flickr/krtribunal)
23 February 2015 by Ate Hoekstra, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

When former Washington Post correspondent Elizabeth Becker testified as an expert witness this month at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC), she described a surreal visit to Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime where “every move was controlled” and everything staged for foreign journalists' benefit.

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23 July 2007 by Anne-Laure Porée and Chheang Bopha

On July 18, the prosecutors communicated their introductory submission to the investigating judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) responsible for trying former Khmer Rouge leaders. Five of them are suspected of having "committed, aided and abetted, or borne superior responsibility" for 25 separate acts of "murder, torture, forcible transfer, unlawful detention, forced labor, and religious, political, and ethnic persecution." Though their names remain officially confidential before arrest, they have already been cited by observers: Duch, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Thirith.

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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.

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19 November 2007 by Thierry Cruvellier

Less than four months after the prosecutors in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) submitted five names to the investigating judges, four of the suspects are behind bars and the fifth under surveillance at the hospital. Ieng Sary, 82, former minister of foreign affairs under Pol Pot, and his wife Ieng Thirith, 75, former minister of social action, were arrested in Phnom Penh on November 12.

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15 April 2014 by Julia Wallace, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) defined, on April 4, the scope of the second trial of the last two senior Khmer Rouge leaders. The judges have given a go ahead for what should be, on paper, a crucial trial before the ECCC, which finally addresses the most serious crimes of the Khmer Rouge: genocide, forced labour, forced marriage, rape and internal purges. 

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10 September 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

In August, the extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) convicted two high-ranking Khmer Rouge leaders of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison. Nuon Chea, 88, and Khieu Samphan, 83, were the first top-level Khmer Rouge officials to be held accountable for the regime's crimes. IJT asked Heather Ryan, who monitors the special UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia for the Open Society Justice Initiative, about the challenges of the case and the impact of its verdict.

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08 October 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea last week filed appeals against the life sentences that judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued in August for crimes against humanity.

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