So We Will Never Forget: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Social Reconstruction and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

56 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2009

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Phuong Pham

Tulane University

Patrick Vinck

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; University of California, Berkeley; Tulane University

Mychelle Balthazard

Tulane University

Sokhom Hean

Center for Advanced Study

Eric Stover

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: August 12, 2009

Abstract

After a decade of negotiations leading to the adoption of its internal rules in June 2007, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the first serious effort to bring the law to bear, however belatedly and incompletely, on the horrendous crimes committed by leaders of the Khmer Rouge more than a quarter of a century ago. In power for just under four years (1975 to 1979), the Khmer Rouge more than decimated Cambodia. At least 1.7 million Cambodians, fully one quarter of the population, were killed or died as a result of the oppressive policies imposed by the Khmer Rouge, with execution, starvation, exhaustion from slave labor, malnutrition, and torture as the leading causes of death.

This report presents the findings of a nationwide, population-based survey undertaken by the Human Rights Center’s Initiative on the Vulnerable in Cambodia. The survey sought to capture opinions and attitudes about accountability, social reconstruction, and the ECCC. Teams of interviewers used a structured questionnaire to interview 1,000 Cambodians 18 years old or older, randomly selecting 125 communes out of 1,621 using systematic random sampling proportionate to population size. Two villages were randomly selected from each commune, resulting in a sample size of 250 villages. Analysis of the report concluded with specific recommendations of ways in which the ECCC, Cambodian judicial and administrative institutions, civil society, and the international community can ensure that Cambodians become engaged participants in - and not merely auxiliaries to - the work of the court.

Keywords: Cambodia, Justice, Peace, Conflict, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Suggested Citation

Pham, Phuong and Vinck, Patrick and Balthazard, Mychelle and Hean, Sokhom and Stover, Eric, So We Will Never Forget: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Social Reconstruction and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (August 12, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1447662

Phuong Pham

Tulane University ( email )

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Patrick Vinck (Contact Author)

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Tulane University

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New Orleans, LA 70118
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Mychelle Balthazard

Tulane University ( email )

6823 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

Sokhom Hean

Center for Advanced Study ( email )

Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Vietnam

Eric Stover

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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