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The Justice FacadeTrials of Transition in Cambodia$
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Alexander Hinton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198820949

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198820949.001.0001

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Time (The Khmer Institute of Democracy)

Time (The Khmer Institute of Democracy)

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The Justice Facade

Alexander Laban Hinton

Oxford University Press

Overview: Focusing on two in-depth case studies (Khmer Institute of Democracy (KID) and the Center for Social Development), the next two chapters unpack the genealogies of these intermediary outreach non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the institutional practices that laid a basis for their specific Khmer Rouge Tribunal outreach activities. This history, as well as the background and vision of the NGO leaders, is critical to understanding how, in the interstices of the transitional justice assemblage, these NGOs “translated” global justice in complicated, uneven, and creative ways often by using simplification and vernacularization, including the use of Buddhist concepts. More detailed: Chapter 2, “Time,” picks up this line discussion by looking at the history of KID and how the booklet was linked to the NGO’s earlier aims and practices. By exploring the creation and use of this booklet, the chapter also explores different “vortices” or whirlpools of movement that, if affected by the force of the “global justice,” are also informed by other contextual factors and are combustive in the sense of generating acts of imagination. By focusing on an NGO and particular individuals who played a direct or indirect role in the creation of the booklet, this chapter foregrounds lived experience and interstitiality, thus seeking to go beyond the global-local binary in different ways.

Keywords:   Khmer Institute of Democracy (KID), comic/graphic narratives, civil society, NGOs, outreach, vernacularization, time and temporality, global/local, Lao Mong Hay, victims participation, KID booklet and flipchart, Uncle San and Aunty Yan

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