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Voices for Reconciliation: Assessing media outreach and survivor engagement for Case 002 at the Khmer Rouge trials

Publication Date: 
Mar 24, 2016
Executive Summary: 

In September 2013, the East-West Center’s collaborative project with the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University — the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI) – partnered with the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Khmer Mekong Films (KMF) and the Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) and commenced the implementation of the Voices for Reconciliation: Promoting Nationwide Dialogue on the Khmer Rouge Past through the Mass Media and Community-Level Survivor Networks project, a two-year project funded by USAID. Using outreach-friendly television broadcasting of the Khmer Rouge (KR) trials in Cambodia in conjunction with community-based dialogue meetings, the Project aimed to 1) increase community awareness and understanding of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) trials, 2) empower conflict-affected groups to create spaces for dialogue at the community level, and 3) build the necessary capacities among those groups and civil society intermediaries to create environments favorable for longer-term reconciliatory processes beyond the ECCC. The Project engaged with ADHOC’s Civil Party Representative Scheme, which supports a network of Civil Parties (CPs) and Civil Party Representatives (CPRs) who are party to the ECCC proceedings.1 To achieve the objectives, the Project had a three-prong strategy: 1) the production and broadcasting of television programs and media outreach to the general population, 2) the organization of community-based dialogue meetings using outreach films to inform Cambodians in rural areas about the ECCC and its developments, and 3) capacity building to civil society groups and 46 CPRs who were directly involved with the Project. This report was produced as part of an evaluation of the Project in Cambodia, and involved an assessment of the Project outcomes in relation to the participation of the CPs and CPRs in the Project and lessons learned from the Project implementation.

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