The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is a
national court with international participation which is committed to
adhering to international standards. Yet the court appears not to be
different from the national Cambodian courts as it is corrupt too.
Many Cambodian people already have concerns about the delays, about
the effectiveness of expenditures; they have questions about the
sufficiency of available resources, and the ability of the tribunal to
meet international standards of due process, particularly with respect
to the rights of the accused and the rights of victims.
Cambodians want a court that can provide justice for the victims of
Khmer Rouge atrocities that were committed between April 17, 1975, and
January 6, 1979.
The tribunal is important for the people of Cambodia, but it also
may also serve to revive memories, bitterness and moral agony for the
victims of the regime. These people must not be disappointed by the
It is doubtful whether this historical process, the ECCC, can, in
fact, provide justice for the victims if the court itself is tainted
The problems of delay and corruption have prompted many Cambodian
people to lose faith in this sexy-sounding Extraordinary Chambers.
It took the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and the United
Nations more than 10 years of negotiations even to reach an agreement
for a court.
The RGC has put much of its effort and many of its resources toward
providing justice for the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Corruption should not be allowed to ruin the court. Persons within
the ECCC who are found to be corrupt, or to have taken bribes not just
only DISRESPECT the victims but also taint the RGC's goodwill in the
The court will not succeed if it is corrupt. Therefore, it is in
the best interest of the court that the recent allegations of
corruption be dealt with fully and transparently.
The persons found to be involved in this scandal should resign and
be held criminally accountable for their misdeeds. The more silence
there is on this issue, the more the good will of the RGC is tainted.