Well, it has only been 28 years since the Vietnamese invasion that brought down the Khmer Rouge. It is hard to think of a country as devastated by war and violence as Cambodia. The extent of international support required for Cambodia to get this far has been remarkable.
Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] said Wednesday that they have unanimously adopted [press release, PDF] internal rules for the ECCC following the conclusion of a two-week meeting that convened [JURIST reports] on May 31. The judges said the new rules would facilitate “fair, transparent trials before an independent and impartial court.” The rules are designed to integrate Cambodian law with the structure of the UN-Cambodian hybrid court, and cover a range of issues, including establishing the burden of proof for a conviction at the beyond reasonable doubt standard, and allowing victims to join lawsuits as civil parties, but without the right to obtain individual financial compensation. In addition, the ECCC will guarantee that defendants have “an effective team of Co-Lawyers, one Cambodian and one foreign.” Prosecution teams will also be structured in the same manner.
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