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Another Trial, A review of Case 002/02: the second trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the East-West Center
Friday, November 9, 2018
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Executive Summary:

The WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, in partnership with the East-West Center (EWC), recently published a comprehensive report on proceedings at Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT). The report, “Another Trial, A review of Case 002/02: the second trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia,” summarizes the trial of the two surviving senior leaders of Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime controlled by the Khmer Rouge.

The KRT Trial Monitor has monitored daily proceedings at the KRT for more than 10 years, and this report aggregates the work of trial monitors over the course of 274 days of proceedings in this case. The report does not prescribe suggestions or assess the court’s conduct, but rather summarizes testimony and evidence from the two years or evidentiary hearings and points to six of the most prescient legal or procedural issues. The report’s authors, Caitlin McCaffrie and Daniel Mattes, hope it can serve others returning to Case 002/02 for its witness stories and its testing of international legal standards.

McCaffrie and Mattes also co-authored with Somaly Kum and Lina Tay, the joint Handa Center and EWC report, “'So We Can Know What Happened': The Educational Potential of the ECCC” regarding Cambodian youth perspectives on the ECCC.