Voices for Reconciliation: Media Outreach and Survivor Engagement at the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia


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When: May 5 2016 - 12:00pm until May 5 2016 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012

The Khmer Rouge Tribunal, a mixed national-international criminal court, was established to address human rights violations committed during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-79) in Cambodia. Apart from fostering a sense of justice in the wake of violent conflict, it is often hoped that tribunals will make a contribution to longer-term societal processes, including perhaps building reconciliation among survivors. While there is no agreement among observers and practitioners about the extent to which tribunals should contribute to these broader socio-political processes, most concur that a tribunal’s impact and legitimacy are shaped by its relationship with concerned populations. The vehicle for tribunals to engage this relationship is through outreach. In 2013, the East-West Center’s the Asian International Justice Initiative commenced the implementation of the Voices for Reconciliation project, funded by USAID. The project was designed to deliver an innovative outreach approach, which integrated mass media, community based outreach and capacity building. This presentation gives an overview of the context of Cambodia’s post-conflict justice process and shares some of the experiences and lessons learned from implementing the project.

Christoph Sperfeldt is Deputy Director at the Asian International Justice Initiative, and a PhD scholar at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Lillian Shimoda
Phone: 944-7557