Sexual Violence Against Ethnic Minorities During the Khmer Rouge Regime


research-report CDP has released its latest research report, finding considerable evidence of sexual violence perpetrated against Vietnamese, Khmer Krom and Khmer Islam or Cham peoples during the Khmer Rouge regime.  The launch of the report on 2 June 2014 received considerable press attention, including articles in:

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Court probes sexual violence under Khmer Rouge


German broadcaster, GW, has posted an article about the international co-prosecutor at the ECCC calling for the Office of Investigations to examine allegations of serious sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-79 rule. The potential widening of the scope of the prosecution of cases at the ECCC reflects research findings about sexual violence that took place during the regime. This move by the international prosecutor comes at a time when there is increasing international concern with addressing sexual violence in conflict.

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Prosecutor Seeks Case 004 Rape Investigation


The Cambodia Daily 25 April 2014Published by The Cambodia Daily on 25 April 2014

Cambodian Defenders Project and Cambodia Justice Initiative support the request of the international co-prosecutor that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s co-investigating judges consider allegations of rape, forced marriage and gender-based violence in their investigation of Case 004.

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Press Release: Statement by the international co-prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian regarding case file 004


ECCC press release 24 April 2014Press release by the ECCC on 24 April  2014

The International Co-Prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal filed a Supplementary Submission in Case 004 requesting the investigation of sexual or gender-based violence, as well as forced marriage in key districts that are presently under investigation as part of this case. Preliminary information available indicates that the alleged forced marriages, rapes and sexual violence were perpetrated by Khmer Rouge cadre and occurred in areas where the suspects in Case 004 held command or political positions of influence.

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ECCC includes forced marriage and rape in Case 002/02


Testifier at Womens HearingThe Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has issued its decision about what will be considered in the scope of the second trial against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. We are pleased to report that forced marriage nationwide will be included in the trial in Case 002/02.

Rape (nationwide) outside of the context of forced marriages is also included in the scope. Unfortunately, the Trial Chamber has departed from its own findings in case 001 ruling that rape is a listed crime against humanity. Instead, they will consider rape as an “other inhumane act” and not as a listed crime under crimes against humanity.

Read more: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/articles/trial-chamber-defines-scope-trial-case-00202