HONOLULU (KHNL) - The East-West Center (EWC) received two grants totaling over $105-thousand dollars from the British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for two projects supporting the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Both projects are part of the Asian International Justice Initiative, a partnership between the EWC and the War Crimes Studies Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
EWC president Charles E. Morrison says, "We certainly appreciate these grants in underwriting our efforts to support development of the rule of law in Cambodia and to help the Khmer Rouge Tribunal bring some closure to a horrific period in Cambodian history."
One project will undertake training workshops for Cambodian defense attorneys and prosecutors. The workshops will focus on legal issues that will likely play a central role in the Khmer Rouge trials, including among other subjects genocide, crimes against humanity, and the doctrine of command responsibility. The second project is to produce videos about the Cambodian court, its missions and its trials. These video-taped programs will be available for showing on national television in Cambodia and distribution to rural areas in the country.
The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region. www.eastwestcenter.org