Monday, 21 November 2011

The Khmer Rouge architect of the reign of terror went on trial this morning, 36 years after the death of 1.7 million Cambodians

Filed under: Cambodia,Transitional Justice — administrator @ 14:45 PDT

Nuon Chea’s chief executioner, Comrade Duch–who carried out Nuon Chea’s direct orders–confessed and implicated in stark detail Chea’s supervision of the killing machine 12 years ago. Duch was arrested by a reluctant government only after he was exposed as living freely in government territory by journalists. The evidence has been unimpeachable and overwhelming for more than a decade that Nuon Chea was in direct command of the Khmer Rouge killing machine. After a series of stories were published in the Far Eastern Economic Review in April and May 1999, it took 9 years before Nuon Chea was arrested. Photographer Nic Dunlop, in a truly extraordinary quest, had carried a picture of Duch in his wallet for years, and recognized him in a remote village in western Cambodia. He snapped a photo, returned to Bangkok and contacted me. We returned together to confront Duch on who he was.After a few hours he admitted to overseeing the KR killing machine. And then for 2 weeks spilled the beans. Once the first article was published, it became a major story and embarrassment for the Cambodian government. Duch’s life was threatened and he fled to my hotel in Battambang, where for two weeks I recorded 40 hours of conversation’s and confessions where he detailed the entire structure of the Khmer Rouge killing apparatus–who was in charge, how it was structured, numerous details of individual leaders ordering and supervising the murder of thousands. (read more…)

UN human rights chief welcomes start of second Khmer Rouge trial

Filed under: Cambodia,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:44 PDT

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the opening of the genocide trial of three former senior Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia, while stressing the need for vigilance to ensure that victims’ rights are respected.

Opening statements are scheduled today from the prosecution and defence in the trial of former foreign minister Ieng Sary, former so-called Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, and former head of State Khieu Samphan on charges including genocide, crimes against humanity and torture.

It is the second case to be brought to trial by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a mixed court set up under a 2003 agreement signed by the UN and the Government to try those deemed most responsible for crimes committed between 1975 and 1979 during which nearly two million people are thought to have died.


Professor Robert Mnookin: Negotiation Strategy and Bargaining with the Devil

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:44 PDT

Professor Robert Mnookin, Chair of the Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School, explains that negotiation requires the management of 3 tensions, and that sometimes it is best not to negotiate at all. “A terrific problem in the world is that we often have very distorted views of the underlying interests and concerns of our adversary.”


There’s No Such Thing as Constructive Criticism

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:33 PDT

Here’s a question guaranteed to make your stomach lurch: “Would you mind if I gave you some feedback?”

What that actually means is “Would you mind if I gave you some negative feedback, wrapped in the guise of constructive criticism, whether you want it or not?”

The problem with criticism is that it challenges our sense of value. Criticism implies judgment and we all recoil from feeling judged. As Daniel Goleman has noted, threats to our esteem in the eyes of others are so potent they can literally feel like threats to our very survival.

The conundrum is that feedback is necessary. It’s the primary means by which we learn and grow. So what’s the best way to deliver it in a way that it provides the greatest value — meaning the recipient truly absorbs and acts on it?


ASEAN to set up review body for peace and reconciliation in 2012

Filed under: Southeast Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:55 PDT

BALI – ASEAN ministers on Wednesday agreed to set up the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), an institute aimed at reviewing ASEAN cooperation and contribute to the peace and reconciliation in the region.


As troops plan their exit, ‘Green Scarves’ seek safety – and a voice – for Afghan women

Filed under: gender,Human Rights,Middle East,South Asia — administrator @ 09:29 PDT

When the world meets in Germany in two weeks to talk about Afghanistan, will women’s voices be heard?

That’s the question – and the concern – being expressed by a wide range of international human rights organizations and by Afghan women who are behind the Green Scarves for Solidarity campaign and a host of other initiatives.

The aim of the Bonn conference, which is expected to feature 90 foreign ministers and 1,000 participants, is to garner international pledges of long-term support for Afghanistan after the planned exit of foreign troops in three years.

But like most big get-togethers of this type, the most intensive lobbying and politicking is taking place before the scripted conference. They concern who will go as official delegates, who will get face time with the VIPs, who will get access to the media and whose agenda will get attention.


Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff approves truth commission law

Filed under: Human Rights,Transitional Justice — administrator @ 09:22 PDT

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has signed a law creating a truth commission to investigate human rights abuses, including those committed during military rule in 1964-85.

The commission will have the power to summon witnesses under oath and access all government documents.

But an amnesty law means its findings will not lead to any prosecutions.

More than 400 Brazilians were killed under military rule. Ms Rousseff was among thousands who were tortured.

“For generations of Brazilians who died, we honour them today not through a process of revenge, but through a process of building truth and memory,” Ms Rousseff said during a ceremony at the presidential palace.

“The truth about our past is fundamental, so those facts that stain our history will never happen again,” she added.


A look into the “HOW” of the Occupy Wall Street movement: The consensus process

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,Media and Conflict,News Watch Blog,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:35 PDT

A look into the “HOW” of the Occupy Wall Street movement: The consensus process.


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