December 6, 2009 |
The scene at the untidy conclusion of Cambodia's first war crimes trial was telling: a French defense lawyer with his face buried in his hands. The tribunal promised a more inclusive approach than its counterparts at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Instead, the trial closed in disarray late last month after an eleventh-hour disagreement between the Cambodian and foreign defense counsels, offering a stark reminder of the difficulties in carrying out international standards of justice in a country with a reputation for corruption and a deeply compromised legal system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1990
George Black ("Ties Bind Meddlers to Murderers," Commentary, July 23) appears to have several misperceptions. For Black the most pragmatic solution for Cambodia is exclusive extensive aid to the pro-Vietnamese Hun Sen regime in Phnom Penh. But such a solution is only short-term and assumes that Hun Sen has support. Recent articles on Cambodia point to more repressive policies taken by the Hun Sen government to extend comprehensive membership in "peoples organizations" to Cambodians under Phnom Penh control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 |
Three American men who are suspected of traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children have been charged in federal court as part of a new initiative aimed at cracking down on the child sex tourism business there, authorities said Monday. Ronald Gerard Boyajian, 49, of Menlo Park, Calif.; Erik Leonardus Peeters, 41, of Norwalk; and Jack Louis Sporich, 75, formerly of Santa Monica and currently living in Sedona, Ariz., were arrested by Cambodian police in February, authorities said.
December 20, 2009 |
The Cambodian government Saturday sent a group of Muslim Uighur asylum-seekers back to China, where rights group fear they will receive long prison terms or death sentences for alleged involvement in violent protests this year. Beijing has already executed nine Uighurs and condemned five others to death for their role in the July protests in the western province of Xinjiang that led to deadly clashes between Uighurs and Han, the majority ethnic group in China. Increased migration by Han to the restive region, home to the Turkic Uighurs, has heightened ethnic tensions.
June 24, 2003 |
Outgoing EPA chief Christie Whitman will head observers monitoring parliamentary elections in Cambodia on July 27. Whitman, who leaves the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, will lead a delegation of observers assembled by the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit group promoting democracy abroad.
January 27, 2008
Beto De Luna of Glendale was sitting at a restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one morning in September when he "saw this monk walk up, and [two people] started praying to him. To me, it was a National Geographic moment" that captured the culture of the Southeast Asian nation. The two-week vacation was his first trip to Asia. "It was pretty amazing; it might as well be Mars," he said. He used a Canon A560.
January 6, 2003 |
Cambodia and the United Nations are set to resume long-stalled talks today aimed at establishing a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders blamed for more than 1 million deaths during their 1975-79 reign. The Khmer Rouge is accused of ruling through torture, execution, hard labor and starvation in Cambodia's "killing fields" as it aimed to establish a "purified" agrarian society. Yet no Khmer Rouge leader has faced trial for crimes during that period.
August 25, 1996 |
A mass amnesty ceremony announced Saturday by Cambodia's king is expected to pardon a leader of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s, a step that may speed the end of the nation's civil war. The Khmer Rouge chieftain, Ieng Sary, now leads a breakaway faction negotiating peace with the government. Hard-liners loyal to Sary's brother-in-law, Pol Pot, have denounced the renegades as traitors. A palace statement said the amnesty ceremony will be held Oct.
December 30, 2004 |
A judge Wednesday sentenced one of Asia's top suspected terrorists, Hambali, and several associates to life imprisonment for attempting to strike Western targets in Cambodia. Judge Ya Sokhan convicted the men on charges of "attempted premeditated murder with the goal of terrorism." Hambali and two men identified as Rousha Yasser and Ibrahim were sentenced in absentia. Hambali was arrested in Thailand in 2003 and is being held by U.S. authorities at an undisclosed location.
December 20, 2002 |
Robed monks and hundreds of thousands of worshippers made a procession through the countryside Thursday to transfer the fabled remains of Buddha from a noisy neighborhood in the capital, Phnom Penh, to a new, $4.5-million shrine. A golden urn containing ashes, bones and teeth was carried in a float decorated as a giant legendary golden bird to the dome-shaped shrine, or stupa, on a hilltop in Oudong, 30 miles north of the capital.