This is the first episode of ‘Facing Justice’, a series of weekly TV reports (with English subtitles) about the proceedings in the second Khmer Rouge trial.
Known as ‘Case 002’, three well-known members of the Khmer Rouge regime that controlled Cambodia from 1975-1979 are accused of a multitude of atrocious crimes including Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes.
The trial, held under the auspices of the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia) is currently taking place in a courtroom just outside Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
The court is a hybrid tribunal which applies both International and Cambodian law to try the alleged crimes of the defendants – Nuon Chea (‘Brother Number Two’), Khieu Samphan (Head of State) and Ieng Sary (Foreign Minister).
‘Facing Justice’, shown on Cambodia’s top TV channel (CTN), presents a summary of the courtroom’s highlights. In addition, the show provides straightforward explanations to help its 85% rural audience understand the complex legal issues likely to arise as this important trial proceeds.
The show, sponsored by the US Department of State, is produced by KMF (Khmer Mekong Films), an independent production company based in Phnom Penh, working in collaboration with the AIJI (Asian International Justice Initiative).
‘Case 001’, the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch (who ran the notorious Khmer Rouge S-21 interrogation center and is currently appealing his guilty verdict) was covered by 27 similar TV programs, sponsored by the British Embassy, Phnom Penh. They can all be found elsewhere on EWC’s website.
Copyright East-West Center 2011
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