After the First Trial: A Population-Based Survey on Knowledge and Perceptions of Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

52 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2011

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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

Date Written: June 8, 2011

Abstract

On July 26, 2010, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, was convicted of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions for events that took place three decades earlier under the Khmer Rouge regime. Following this important milestone for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the present study was implemented to (1) monitor public awareness and knowledge of the ECCC’s work, as well as of outreach and victim participation initiatives organized by the tribunal and local non-governmental organizations; (2) assess attitudes about justice and the desire for reparations for past crimes; and 3) recommend ways in which the ECCC, civil society, and the international community can continue to engage Cambodians in the work of the ECCC.

This report presents the results of a survey of 1,000 Cambodians, aged 18 or above, randomly selected throughout the country to be representative of the adult population. The interviews were conducted anonymously and confidentially in December 2010 by a team of trained interviewers using a structured questionnaire. This is the second population-based survey conducted in Cambodia by the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations at UC Berkeley’s School of Law Human Rights Center.

It is hoped that the findings will contribute to establishing a dialogue between the ECCC, the government, the Cambodian population, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international actors on the role and impact of the ECCC, expectations of the population, and beyond the Court, what must be done to deal with the violent past.

Keywords: Cambodia, transitional justice, extraordinary chambers, Khmer Rouge Tribunal, outreach, justice, peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, reparation

Suggested Citation

Pham, Phuong and Vinck, Patrick and Balthazard, Mychelle and Hean, Sokhom, After the First Trial: A Population-Based Survey on Knowledge and Perceptions of Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (June 8, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1860963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1860963

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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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
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