Who are we?
Justice for Cambodia (Justice pour le Cambodge) is a French non profit organization created in 2004. Its mission is to promote the rights of Khmer Rouge”s victims and in particular to represent and assist them before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) which are bringing to trial the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those who were most responsible for the crimes that were committed under the so called “Democratic Kampuchea” from April 17, 1975 to January 6, 1979.
For the first time in the history of international justice, victims of mass crimes can participate to trials as parties and are entitled to reparations. This means that victims can be represented by a legal counsel, ask questions to witnesses, call for witnesses, request investigation measures, appeal decisions including those made by the Investigating Judges during the investigation phase etc. This dramatically changes the way an international tribunal organizes its proceedings.
To our knowledge, there is no other organization specializing strictly in the promotion of victim rights in the context of the ECCC. Yet, Justice for Cambodia is aware of the work done locally by other organizations and is happy to collaborate with them, particularly with human rights organizations where lawyers are present, such as Adhoc or Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC), in order to fulfill its purposes by being a source of propositions for the ECCC.
Justice for Cambodia has been present in Cambodia since 2004. During the establishment of the ECCC, Justice for Cambodia participated in the Collective for Victims of the Khmers Rouges which produced a White Paper, Proposals relating to the rights of Victims of the Khmer Rouges before the Extraordinary Chambers, which was officially handed over to the Extraordinary Chambers teams and Mr Sok An, vice-Prime Minister of the Cambodian Government, on May 4, 2006.
As far as its resources allow, Justice for Cambodia also intends to offer its services to all individuals, without exception, who consider themselves victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, whether or not they reside in Cambodia, and to provide assistance to their dependents, successors, and legal representatives.
The legal team of Justice for Cambodia currently assist and represent 59 victims before the ECCC, of which 49 have been accepted as civil parties in Case 002. The legal team also conducts outreach activities relating to Cases 003 and 004.
The legal team act on a voluntary and free-of-charge basis. Cambodian lawyers who assist victims or work with foreign lawyers are compensated solely through the organization, to the extent that funds are available. Justice for Cambodia promotes compliance with Cambodian law and adheres to the principles of due process, fairness and impartiality recognized by International Criminal Law.
The organization is independent of any governmental authority and any national or international institution, and it is not aligned with any political party.
Supported by public donations, Justice for Cambodia is aware of its duty to make transparent disclosures of information, especially concerning financial matters, and the organization is managed in a rigorous and impartial way