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The Khmer Rouge Trial

Khmer Rouge trial

The dark side of Cambodia’s history is often the only thing that people abroad see or hear about from the country. This is unfortunate, as the country has so much to offer, and deserves a chance to escape the tragedy of yesterday. Part of the healing process for the nation is the Khmer Rouge trials, which are currently taking place just outside Phnom Penh at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge was in power in Cambodia from 1975-1979 and were responsible for the deaths of somewhere between a fifth and a third of the country’s entire population making it the most dangerous regime to live under in human history. KAING Guek Eav, the man in charge of overseeing the detention and running the infamous S21 prison, known by his nom de guerre, “Comrade Dutch” is the only member of the Khmer Rouge to have been convicted and sentenced by the court thus far. This fact, makes the remaining cases incredibly important to the victims of the Regime. One of the indicted men is of “Brother Number Two” NUON Chea, the highest ranking member of the Khmer Rouge still living and facing trial, Pol Pot “Brother Number 1” died under Khmer Rouge imposed house arrest in 1998. The Courts are considered a hybrid and there are both Cambodian and international parties involved. Recently in the news, IENG Thirith, former Social minister of Democratic Kampuchea (the country’s name under the Khmer Rouge regime) was released due to her deteriorated mental state. Obviously in Cambodia these trials are a big deal, and the news was on the cover of the Phnom Penh Post. Actually, some controversies have arisen around the closing of cases 003 and 004, which ended in the resignation of foreign judges in protest. The Cambodian people generally support the trials and genuinely need justice to be served. For more information you can visit the tribunal’s web site @ http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en