August 6, 2010 |
The fascinating documentary "Enemies of the People" explores the under-told story of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and the mass genocide that occurred between 1975 and 1979 under notorious regime leader Pol Pot. This investigation grippingly unfolds through the eyes of Phnom Penh Post reporter Thet Sambath (who co-produced and co-directed with Rob Lemkin), whose mother, father and brother all perished during the communist dictator's brutal reign. Sambath arranges unprecedented interviews with several of the henchmen responsible for executing so many of their party's so-called traitors or "enemies of the people" as well as countless innocent villagers.
April 1, 2009 |
A Khmer Rouge prison chief accused of mass murder accepted responsibility Tuesday for the torture and death of thousands of Cambodians, telling a genocide tribunal he was "full of shame and regret." "I admit that I am responsible for the crimes, torture and execution at S-21," said Kang Kek Ieu, 66, who was converted to evangelical Christianity before his imprisonment.
June 27, 2011 |
As a U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal opens Monday to try former Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide, critics accuse the Cambodian government of meddling and the United Nations of failing to uphold the court's independence. Standing trial are the four highest-ranking surviving former Khmer Rouge leaders: head of state Khieu Samphan, 79; Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, 85; his wife, Social Affairs Minister Ieng Thirith, 79; and the revolution's chief ideologue, Nuon Chea, 84. They face multiple charges that include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
March 14, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- The death Thursday of one of the last senior leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime before his trial concluded underscores flaws in the war-crimes tribunal process that threaten to undermine the pursuit of global justice, according to lawyers, human rights activists and victims. Ieng Sary, 87, who died after a battle with heart disease and high blood pressure, was co-founder and foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge. An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians, one quarter of the nation's population at the time, died of disease, starvation, forced labor and execution during its 1975-79 reign.
September 19, 2007 |
Police arrested the top surviving leader of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea, today because of his role in the notorious Cambodian regime that caused the deaths of 1.7 million people in the 1970s. Officers served Nuon Chea with a warrant for his arrest on charges of crimes against humanity at his home in Pailin, in northwestern Cambodia near the Thai border, police Capt. Sem Sophal said.
January 18, 2004 |
The former second-in-command of the Khmer Rouge, admitting he made "mistakes," said Saturday he is willing to face an international genocide tribunal but denied that millions died during the group's reign of terror in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. "I admit that there was a mistake. But I had my ideology. I wanted to free my country. I wanted people to have well-being," Nuon Chea, the top surviving Khmer Rouge leader, said in an interview in Pailin, the movement's former stronghold.