Victim Participation and Transitional Justice in Cambodia: the case of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

Impunity Watch is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report, entitled “Victim Participation and Transitional Justice in Cambodia: the case of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)”, authored by Dr. Rudina Jasini. A version of this report in Khmer is also available. The research project was implemented as part of a broader Impunity Watch research programme on “Promoting Active Participation in Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice.”

Dr. Jasini researched the dynamics of victim participation at the ECCC, analysing how the rights of victims to remedies have been dealt with, and examining how participation has shaped perceptions, attitudes and experiences of victims and other stakeholders. Dr. Jasini’s findings confirm the positive impact of victim participation at the ECCC in terms of restoration of empowerment and dignity. Yet, the research also identifies important limitations, including the need for more meaningful reparation projects, as well as for increased transparency and access to information regarding participatory practice prior to and during proceedings. Additional mechanisms should be used to accompany and, where shortcomings are identified, supplement the civil party participation regime at the ECCC.