What is “Outreach”?

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“Outreach” is made up of very specific set of concrete activities developed through interaction between the public and key stakeholders of a trial (court, complainants, defense, civil parties, authorities, civil society, media, opinion leaders, world academics, etc.), wherever they may be, which apply the principle of local and participatory communication.

Historically, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) was the first to develop outreach activities to their fullest extent, allowing the court to interact with people who could not attend the trial. After that, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) developed numerous activities to inform people living in remote areas of the trials against former Khmer Rouge leaders. These activities are now considered essential for ownership and understanding of these ad hoc justice systems.

In regards to the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC), the outreach program is implemented by an external unit, the outreach Consortium, under the coordination of the communication unit within the management structure of the EAC Administration. The communication unit of the EAC retains a key role in disseminating corporate information – through press conferences, press releases, the EAC website, press visits, access to hearings and providing audiovisual equipment.

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