ECCC Trial Chamber sentences Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan to Life Imprisonment for Crimes against Humanity

On 7 August 2014, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity committed between 17 April 1975 and December 1977 and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were found to have committed crimes against humanity of murder, political persecution and other inhumane acts during movements of the population; political persecution and other inhumane acts during movements of the population; and murder and extermination through executions of Khmer Republic officials at Tuol Po Chrey.

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New articles on sexual crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime

Cambodia Law and Policy Journal The Cambodian Law and Policy Journal has published two new articles on sexual crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime (Volume 2 – July 2014):

Transitional Justice Through the Cambodian Women’s Hearings‘, by Beini Ye

A Missed Opportunity, A Last Hope? Prosecuting Sexual Crimes Under the Khmer Rouge Regime’, by Theresa de Langis

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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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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