Cambodia: Case no. 002 – History of a Verdict

FIDH is presenting a 30-minute documentary entitled “Case no. 002 – History of a Verdict” today, on the eve of the second trial of Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

The documentary, with sub-titles in French, English, Spanish and Khmer, can be seen, as of today, on the websites of Mediapart, France 24, Phnom Penh Post and Animal Politico, as well as on the FIDH website.

Synopsis : Three Cambodian women living in France travel to Phnom Penh on 4 August 2014 to attend the historic verdict against two of the highest-ranking living political leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime: Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. The two were standing trial before the ECCC for crimes against humanity and genocide.

Mrs Féniès, Mrs Ou and Mrs Ros, were all victims of international crimes under the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. With the help of FIDH they filed a complaint as civil parties before the ECCC, seeking justice for themselves and their families who died under the Khmer Rouge regime. A justice they have been awaiting for almost 40 years !

Director: Florian Laval – Assistant Director: Arthur Manet - Editing: Camille Mazaleyrat – Music: ISWOR

On this occasion, FIDH is also presenting short testimonies (in French) from five Civil Parties supported by FIDH in this trial. They look back on what they suffered during the Khmer Rouge regime and share their expectations regarding ECCC proceedings.

Since 2008, FIDH, through lawyers who belong to its Litigation Action Group (LAG), has been representing 10 victims living in France participating as Civil Parties in proceedings in Case no. 002 before the ECCC. FIDH was also involved in discussions on the establishment of the ECCC in the early 2000s. FIDH, together with its member organisations in Cambodia, ADHOC and LICADHO, has organised various missions and seminars in Cambodia on the ECCC and has published several reports and position papers, focusing on the role of victims in ECCC proceedings, their rights to participation, legal representation and reparation.

For more information on FIDH’s work on ECCC, click here.

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