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Civic Groups Seek to Help Tribunal Monitoring

Representatives of civil society say the Khmer Rouge tribunal is improving, and they have offered to continue to help monitoring.

Groups of an “action committee,” including the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Documentation Center of Cambodia, two groups that have continually participated in the tribunal process, met Tuesday to discuss who they can more closely monitor the process, said Hisham Mousar, who monitors the courts for Adhoc.

The committee will submit recommendations to tribunal Administration Director Sean Visoth and Deputy Director Michelle Lee, as well as investigating judges You Bunleng and Marcel Lemonde, he said.

“Now the tribunal is receiving more financial support, and they have more victim complaints and more work,” he said. “There is a need for civil society to monitor closely and seriously.”

Different non-governmental agencies should have access to all kinds of information, including confidential, and should be provided an office inside the tribunal in order to work closely with the courts, he said.

Tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath said he had heard the intent of the groups, but the decision would ultimately be up to tribunal officials.

You Bunleng declined to comment.