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June 4, 2013
Leakhena Nou, 095-487-255 (Phnom Penh)
Lisa Cohen (United States), 310-395-2544,
For Immediate Release
From the Killing Fields to the ECCC: US Survivor to Testify in Case 002 about Khmer
Rouge Atrocities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
San Francisco, CA -- On June 4, 2013, Mrs. Sophany Bay, a Civil Party from the United States,
will testify in Case 002 of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in
Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This second trial before the ECCC aims to bring to justice those most
responsible for the widespread atrocities committed by the regime between 1975 and 1979,
which caused the deaths of an estimated 2.2 million people. Mrs. Bay will testify as part of a
week-long hearing on the harms suffered by victims as a result of the crimes alleged against the
two senior leaders on trial: Nuon Chea and KhieuSamphan.
“I am anxious for my chance to give my testimony in court,” said Mrs. Bay, a victim of the
forced evacuation of Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975 who lost her three children to the cruel
conditions of forced labor camps under the Khmer Rouge. “If I don’t see justice done, I will not
be able to close my eyes when I die. I try to be courageous about it, to talk about it, to let the
world know the story of the Khmer Rouge.”
Dr. Leakhena Nou, ASRIC’s Executive Director, maintains, “The trial’s primary focus should
remain on those survivors who suffered under the Khmer Rouge regime. Mrs. Bay’s testimony
forces us to remember that and to acknowledge an unflinching fight for justice and
“Mrs. Bay’s Civil Party testimony, particularly as a member of the Cambodian diaspora living in
the United States, will provide crucial evidence to the Court on the lasting harms suffered by the
Cambodian population as a result of the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime,”
said CJA staff attorney Nushin Sarkarati, who represents Mrs. Bay before the ECCC. “The
hearing will highlight the fact that even though the war ended over 30 years ago, Cambodian
survivors still suffer from physical and psychological harm and these harms are pervasive, even
for Cambodians who have escaped into the diaspora.”
The U.N. backed ECCC, a hybrid tribunal comprised of Cambodian and international judges,
permits victims of the Khmer Rouge to participate directly in the proceedings as Civil Parties.
Civil Parties, through their attorneys, support the prosecution and can seek non-monetary
reparations that address the harms suffered as a result of crimes committed by the accused. Mrs.
Bay’s testimony before the Court will mark the first time a Civil Party from the United States has
testifiedin Case 002.
The Applied Social Research Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) collected information from 170
survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime, including Mrs. Bay, and submitted their evidence to the
ECCC. ASRIC recruited the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) to represent the civil
parties in Court. CJA nowprovides legal representation to 45 Civil Parties before the ECCC, all
of whom reside in the United States.
For more information on ASRIC, please visit: http://www.asricjustice.comand for CJA visit:
About ASRIC: Founded by medial sociologist Dr. Leakhena Nou, the Applied Social Research
Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) is the only not-for-profit organization of its kind devoted to
restoring, distributing, and implementing procedural justice for Cambodian American victims
and survivors of the Khmer Rouge. The organization has grown considerably since it began
under the auspices of New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute. It is now a
leading independent organization dedicated to giving voice to Cambodian genocide survivors.
About CJA: CJA is a San Francisco-based human rights organization dedicated to deterring
torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of
survivors to seek truth, justice and redress. CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually
accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in
countries transitioning from periods of abuse.
For more information on the ECCC and the trials:
 For a weekly video update on the court, visit
 To listen to the weekly radio broadcast on evidence presented at the court, go to
 To read about the Victim Support Section and listen to radio commentary about the trial
on the web, visit
 To watch videos of the trial against the defendants and read useful reports on the
Tribunal, visit the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor at: