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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski delivered the Handa Center’s annual public lecture on human rights to a packed house on Feb. 3 at the Stanford Humanities Center.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski

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The WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice is dedicated to promoting the rule of law, accountability, and human rights around the world through education, critical scholarship, and policy advocacy. Seated within Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences, the Handa Center supports academic and professional development opportunities for students interested in pursuing work in human rights or international justice. The Center offers career and academic advising, research opportunities, campus events, and student fellowship funding. The Center also invites student participation in a diverse portfolio of international programs, including innovative digital archival resource development efforts, justice sector capacity-building, civil society outreach initiatives, and international criminal trial monitoring. The Center focuses its resources on projects aimed at making sense of the past, coming to terms with periods of violent social upheaval, and building institutions that will promote justice. The Handa Center succeeds and carries on the work of the University of California at Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center, which was established by Professor David Cohen in 2000 before moving to Stanford as the Handa Center at the end of 2013.

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  • Jun 30, 2016

    This week the Trial Chamber continued to hear from Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known by his revolutionary alias “Duch," as a Witness in the segment on S-21 in Case 002/02.  The Witness was questioned by the OCP, CPLCL and Judges about a range of topics including internal purges, treatment of the Cham minority, ethnic Vietnamese and former Lon Nol officials, as well as interrogations and torture.  At the end of the day on Thursday Defense Counsel for Nuon Chea began to question the Witness, whose demeanor changed significantly, becoming much less cooperative.  The issue of torture-tainted evidence plagued proceedings once again this week, however on this occasion, it was the Judges and the OCP, rather than Defense Counsel, who were prevented from using documents.  

  • Jun 30, 2016

    This week the Trial Chamber continued to hear from Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known by his revolutionary alias “Duch,“ as a Witness in the segment on S-21 in Case 002/02.  Duch began his testimony last week and will continue until the end of next week.  The Witness was questioned by the OCP, CPLCL and Judges about a range of topics including internal purges, treatment of the Cham minority, ethnic Vietnamese and former Lon Nol officials, as well as interrogations and torture.  At the end of the day on Thursday Defense Counsel for Nuon Chea began to question the Witness, whose demeanor changed significantly, becoming much less cooperative.  The issue of torture-tainted evidence plagued proceedings once again this week, however on this occasion, it was the Judges and the OCP, rather than Defense Counsel, who were prevented from using documents.  

     

     

  • Jun 30, 2016

    This week Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, began his third week of testimony before the Trial Chamber as a witness in Case 002/02.  After one and a half weeks of questioning from the OCP, LCLCP and the Bench, this week the Witness was questioned exclusively by the Defense Teams, whose questioning will conclude next Monday morning.  This week Duch continued to testify about the workings of S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, and more particularly about alleged plots to overthrow the government of Democratic Kampuchea (DK) from within.  In contrast to his demeanor in previous weeks, this week Duch appeared more confrontational in his responses to both international Defense Counsels, and on a number of occasions refused to acknowledge prior evidence or testimony presented to him.  The Trial Chamber also continued to face ongoing difficulty distinguishing between the information Duch was aware of during DK, and that which he has learned since that time, as he has studied the existing case files extensively.

  • Jun 30, 2016

    This week Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, began his third week of testimony before the Trial Chamber as a witness in Case 002/02.  After one and a half weeks of questioning from the OCP, LCLCP and the Bench, this week the Witness was questioned exclusively by the Defense Teams, whose questioning will conclude next Monday morning.  This week Duch continued to testify about the workings of S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, and more particularly about alleged plots to overthrow the government of Democratic Kampuchea (DK) from within.  In contrast to his demeanor in previous weeks, this week Duch appeared more confrontational in his responses to both international Defense Counsels, and on a number of occasions refused to acknowledge prior evidence or testimony presented to him.  The Trial Chamber also continued to face ongoing difficulty distinguishing between the information Duch was aware of during DK, and that which he has learned since that time, as he has studied the existing case files extensively.

     

  • Jun 17, 2016

    This week the Trial Chamber reconvened on Thursday after a one and a half week recess.  Over the course of two days the Chamber heard testimony from Witness Mr. Suos Thy, who previously testified in Case 001 about his role working at S-21 during the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) period.  Suos Thy testified to being in charge of maintaining lists of prisoners entering and leaving S-21 Security Center, under the command of Ta Hor who answered to Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch.  Suos Thy will conclude his testimony early next week, after which Duch will appear to give evidence over nine days about his role as the head of S-21.