Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’s Civil Peace Service (GIZ-CPS) programme. Under the MoU, the GIZ-CPS will deploy up to two peace building advisors to strengthen the capacities for the support of implementing victim and centred outreach activities.
H.E. Tony Kranh, Acting Director of Administration of the ECCC said, “It is a great privilege to sign this MoU with GIZ-CPS. The Victims Support Section (VSS) is the central contact point between the ECCC, Victims, and their representatives. Throughout the cooperation, the deployment of peace building advisors will support the ECCC/VSS to produce a comprehensive framework and detailed workplan facilitating support to victims and survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime during a residual phase.”
Mr. Martin Hennings, Program Coordinator of GIZ-CSP Cambodia said, “The GIZ-Civil Peace Service Cambodia Program is excited and proud to continue its long lasting and fruitful relationship with the ECCC. Together, we will be able to strengthen the legacy of the tribunal and ensure that its learnings and impact will be imbedded in the Cambodian society for generations to come. The focus on survivors and the younger generations forms the basis that the experiences from the past are addressed in an inclusive and holistic manner.”
NOTE TO EDITOR:
- Following completion of its judicial proceedings, the ECCC commenced residual functions in January 2023 for an initial period of three years in accordance with the Addendum to the UN-RGC Agreement concerning the ECCC. During this time, the ECCC is, among other functions, disseminate information to the public and ensure its archives are as broadly accessible as possible.
- The GIZ’s Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a programme that works to prevent violence in regions affected by conflict and crisis and to promote peace. It advocates for a world in which people settle conflicts without violence. The CPS’ thematic focal points include mediation and dialogue, dealing with the past, psychosocial support, and conflict-sensitive media work.