Tarik Abdulhak, an Australian lawyer who has been working at international criminal tribunals since 2004, will present a RightsTalk at the Australian Human Rights Commission on 14 April focused on the alleged Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia.
Tarik, who is a lead prosecution counsel in the trials before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), will talk about the mass crime trials before the ECCC, and the Court's institutional and procedural framework.
Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled Cambodia for less than four years from 1975, is alleged to have caused the deaths of between 1.75 and 2.2 million people through physical and psychological abuse, starvation, forced labour and executions.
While in power, the Khmer Rouge broke up families, closed down courts of law, schools and markets, abolished money, religion, television and newspapers, and effectively eliminated all human rights. The Khmer Rouge are also alleged to have targeted religious and ethnic minorities for extermination.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia were established in 2006 by the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia to bring to trial leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime and others considered responsible for these atrocities.
The cases brought before the ECCC include charges of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Case 002, which involves the surviving senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, is one of the largest prosecutions since World War II in terms of its geographic and temporal scope and the number of alleged victims.
Date: Monday 14 April
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Filming: All RightsTalks session are recorded and each session will be available on the Commission website. Please note that by attending the event, you are releasing and consenting to the use of those photos and video in various forms of media, on the web and in print by the Commission.