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News: Group of students visited Cambodia


From 29th of July to 10th of August 2017, a group of 13 students of Law and Peace and Conflict Studies went on an educational trip to Cambodia. The group was headed by the managing coordinator of the ICWC, Dr. Wolfgang Form. The pivot of the 12 days educational trip was the visit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh. It was already the second trip to the Cambodian capital under the stewardship of Dr. Form since 2008. 

The ECCC try the leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, under which about 1.8 to 2 million people were killed between 1975 and 1978. Many starved, didn't survive the unbearable living- and working-conditions, didn't have appropriate medical care or were vicitims of torture, murder and political persecution. 

Thus, the pivot of the educational trip were the ECCC-trials against the former leader of the torture prison Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh, KAING Guek Eav (alias Duch) and the two senior politicians of the Pol Pot-regime, KHIEU Samphan and NUON Chea. The former has already been sentenced to life imprisonment, whereas the other two accused are still waiting for the appeal judgement. Further trials are currently planned, however it is unclear if the accused will be indicted. 

The participants mainly wanted to learn about the role of the ECCC after nearly 10 years of practice. To answer this question, they did not only visit the ECCC, but met inter alia members of staff of GIZ and ZFD, the Cambodian Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer PICH Ang and employees of the NGO Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO). They also visited the Paññāsāstra University in Phnom Penh, where they had a lively discussion with Cambodian students on the legacy and effects of the ECCC. 

The educational trip was a great success, since the participants experienced the societal modes of action of a hybrid tribunal, entered into a dialogue on judicial mechanisms of reconciliation with national and international actors and examined the legitimacy and legacy of the ECCC. 



Last modified: 15.08.2017 · Loeberl

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