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Cambodia Set for Key Khmer Rouge Trial

AFP,25 June 2011

Even so many survivors hope the proceedings will finally shed light on a "very dark period", said Theary Seng, founder of the Cambodian Centre for Justice and Reconciliation who lost her parents under the regime. "The main question is why? Why did Cambodians kill each other?" she said.

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AKRVC Press Release


Introducing AKRVC Officers and Orphans Class

Who Will Attend June 27 Trial Hearing




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Poem by Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia's LY Monysak who lost 21 immediate members of his family.  He is the only survivor, now living with AIDS in a military hospital in Phnom Penh.

LY Monysak poem


Hello VOA guests:  AKRVC president Theary Seng and founding member LY Monysak, Thursday, 23 June 2011 at 8:45 p.m. (PHN time).  We look forward to taking your calls!

Listen to the call-in conversations on KI-Media


"Quality" of Justice Needed: Victims

VOA, 24 June 2011

Mr. LY Monysak (right) at the CSD National Conference on Justice & Reconciliation (Hotel Cambodiana, Nov. 2008).

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Theary Seng, Voice of Khmer Rouge Victims

(Liberation, 18 April 2009)

Translated into English from the French

Theary Seng, front page of Liberation, 2009
Theary Seng, 2009 on front page of Liberation (Photo: John Vink)


Look for another article by Liberation within this month on Theary Seng, AKRVC member Phirun Peou (June 2011).

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Sacrava You Bunleng, Siegfried Blunk 18 June 2011

Sacravatoon, 18 June 2011

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Theary Seng's Commentary on KI-Media, 17 June 2011

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Phnom Penh Post, 17 June 2011


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16 June 2011





The International Co-Prosecutor, Andrew Cayley, makes this public statement pursuant to ECCC Internal Rule 54 to ensure that the public is duly informed about ongoing ECCC proceedings in Case 004, taking into consideration the interests of victims and witnesses, the rights of suspects and the requirements of the investigation. Yesterday, the International Co-Prosecutor filed a Request for Investigative Action and Supplementary Submission in Case 004. The Supplementary Submission adds additional crimes to Case 004, including crimes committed against the Khmer Krom population in Takeo and Pursat provinces, based primarily on civil party applications, complaints and other new evidence that the International Co-Prosecutor became aware of subsequent to the original filing of the Case 004 Introductory Submission. The International Co-Prosecutor will request the Co-Investigating Judges to notify the public and potential civil parties of the specific crime sites that are included in both the Introductory and Supplementary Submissions in Case 004.

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UN Fails to Address Crisis of Credibility Facing Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Open Society Justice Initiative Press Release, 15 June 2011

UN Blasted for Failure to Address Tribunal Credibility

VOA, 16 June 2011

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Declassified Pentagon Papers

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Sacrava Jasmine Lei and Case 003

United Nations Rejects "Media Speculation"

that Judges Received Instructions to Dismiss Case

before Extraordinary Chambers

UN Press Statement, 14 June 2011

UN News Center

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A little bit of glamour to brighten the darkened ECCC days

The shot, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, finds a barefoot, makeup-free Jolie sitting on a wooden boat in Cambodia's Siem Reap province, 2011.

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Phnom Penh Post letters to editor, 16 June 2011

[Published in The Phnom Penh Post on 16 June 2011]

Repost in KI-Media

Open Response to UN Headquarters’ Public Statement KRT


Dear Editor of The Phnom Penh Post:


I read the public statement of 14 June 2011 by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon entitled “United Nations Rejects ‘Media Speculation’ that Judges Received Instructions to Dismiss Case before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia” with several appalling thoughts:

1. Lack of Wherewithal (or Concern) of the Gravity of Public and Victims’ Sentiments. Rather than being re-assured that the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers (ECCC) is pursuing truth and justice and adhering to its own international standards, I am left fuming at its unconvincing, self-interested denial and meaningless recitations of fundamental legal principles divorced from its actions on the ground as perceived not only by “media speculation” but by the majority victims and larger international public. It should be noted that it was the victims (and the victims’ larger voice of civil society) who first sounded the alarm bell that troubling irregularities are afoot in the ECCC Office of Co-Investigating Judges, later covered by the “speculating media”.


A US$200,000,000 UN-paid process is being hijacked by a few UN officials led by Judge Siegfried Blunk and all the United Nations headquarters can issue is a belated, knee-jerk reactionary public statement of denial and reinforcement of the misconduct of its personnel. Also, the public statement completely ignores the rights and participation of victims in the criminal proceedings, ironically coming from the same UN who had heralded, when convenient, the unprecedented involvement of victims in the Extraordinary Chambers.


Note to UNHQ: We may be a 14,000,000 illiterate majority, not versed in sophisticated legal matters, but we are not stupid; please stop treating us as such. Our sense for justice, for basic right and wrong is stronger than your legalistic cover-up.


2. “International Standard with a Wink” for the Cambodians. The public statement dribbles with this pathetic, underlying hypocrisy of a two-tiered international standard: the one espousing basic universal principles for the developed world and another tattered, synthetic version for the poor of the world—an “international standard with a wink” for the Cambodians, if you will.


3. Blatantly, Misleadingly Wrong in Characterizing the Accused in Case 002. “The accused in Case 002 are the four remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge” is a completely wrong, completely misleading statement. It is either a careless mistake or an intentionally misleading phrasing to condition the public to think that Meas Mut, Sou Met, Im Chaem, Ta Yim Tith, Ta An of Cases 003 and 004 are not also “remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge”. If we can only ask the tens of thousands of victims perished at their hands and the millions of surviving victims still traumatized by their mass crimes.

Theary C. SENG
Representative of Civil Parties of Orphans Class
Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia

The Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia—the first association based in Cambodia to be registered with the Ministry of Interior and the first to be recognized by the ECCC Victims Support Section and independent of any political or religious affiliation—is a network of survivors of the 1975-79 killing fields who are joined in the fellowship of suffering, in the demand for justice, and in the work for a just peace. The members of the Victims Association are from overseas and spread across the provinces and capital of Cambodia, coming together as a result of the public forums conducted by its Founder, and now its president Ms. Theary C. SENG and Victims Outreach Manager Mr. SOK Leang since 2007. They include widows and orphans; former child soldiers and former prisoners; hard-working farmers and middle-class city-dwellers; well-known actresses playwrights, authors and journalists; as well as teachers, translators, security guards, taxi drivers, inter alia. Among the other members of the Victims Association is the Civil Parties of Orphans Class, a special grouping pre-dating the AKRVC founding when introduced officially in the Pre-Trial Chamber hearing of Nuon Chea in Feb. 2008, and since officially recognized by the ECCC Victims Support Section and a party to the Extraordinary Chambers Case File No. 002 against the senior Khmer Rouge leaders.


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Trial of Former KR Leaders is in Turmoil

Seth Mydans, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, 16 June 2011

Khmer Rouge War Crimes Panel Depicted in Crisis

Mike Eckel for AP, 16 June 2011

Ban Hits Back at Tribunal Criticism

The Phnom Penh Post, 16 June 2011

Back Story: KR Tribunal

ABC Radio Australia, 15 June 2011

Alarm Sounded on KRT

The Phnom Penh Post, 15 June 2011

UN Denies Halting KR Investigation

AFP, 15 June 2011

With Staff Exodus, Possible Woes for Tribunal Investigators

VOA, 14 June 2011

On Cambodia Genocide Court and UN Quitting in Protests, Ban Ki-Moon Puts Off Substantive for 2nd Term

Inner City Press, 15 June 2011

Activists Call for Probe into Decision to Close KR Case

DPA, 14 June 2011

UN Secretary General Moves to Ease Tribunal Tension

VOA, 15 June 2011

UN Defends Role in KR Tribunal

UPI, 16 June 2011

Khmer Rouge Tribunal on Trial

RFA, 15 June 2011

Khmer Rouge Tribunal: UN Rebuffs Cambodia Criticism

BBC, 15 June 2011

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More Leaked Documents Highlight KR Tribunal under Fire in Cambodia

The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 2011

The failure of the court to carry out proper investigations could have implications that reach even further than Case 002, according to Theary Seng, a Khmer Rouge victim who wrote “Daughter of the Killing Fields.”

“It'd be devastating to the confidence and trust of Cambodians, and a blow to international criminal justice,” she says, adding that such a failure could lead to the “embedding of an irreversible cynicism among a people and a society already mired in distrust and paranoia.”

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