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Extra funding for Khmer Rouge trials

March 28, 2012

With H.E. Mr Sok An, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister, in Phnom Penh (Photograph: Nick Sells)

On Monday, March 26, I met with the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr Sok An, in Phnom Penh. We discussed Australia’s strong and long-standing support of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) where the Khmer Rouge trials are being held. The ECCC’s work is vital to ensure justice for the Cambodian people who endured unspeakable suffering at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Australia is providing a further $1.6 million to the trials to support the process of justice that is being carried out by an independent judiciary. Robust judicial investigations are essential and in part honour the memory of those killed.

The ECCC successfully closed the case against Kaing Guek Eav, the head of the notorious Khmer Rouge interrogation centre, Tuol Sleng. It is now focused on its second case in which several senior members of the regime are being tried.

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