The Legal Section
CDP’s core activity is to provide legal aid and advocacy for the poor and vulnerable, free of charge where possible. Since 1994, CDP lawyers have handled more than 16,000 cases.
Today, the Legal Section of CDP focuses on a Justice for the Survivors from Democratic Kampuchea (JUSDEK) project, established in 2009 after Case 001 against former Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, started. The project’s main purpose is to promote the right to justice of the survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime through legal representation before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC).
- Assist victims’ applications to become Civil Parties in Case 001, 002, 003 and 004
- Represent Civil Parties before the ECCC and keep them updated on judiciary developments
- Assist Civil Parties to testify in court
- Advocate for reparations for survivors and help with their implementation
Today, in coordination with other NGOs and with funding provided by GIZ and co-funded by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT), CDP provides legal representation to 411 civil parties in Case 002 with 158 newly accepted clients for Cases 003 and 004. CDP currently represents 569 clients for Cases 002, 003 and 004. Of this total number, 425 are victims of torture, three are former Lon Nol soldiers, four are former detainees and 137 are gender-based violence victims. The client group is 69% female and 31% male.