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December 31, 1998
The film "The Killing Fields" gave the outside world a chilling account of Cambodian reality under the rule of Pol Pot and his dreaded Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. More than a million Cambodians died of starvation and violence under the murderous regime but no top leader among the Maoist revolutionaries has been tried for these monumental crimes against humanity.
March 7, 1999 |
The last senior leader of the Khmer Rouge guerrilla army was arrested Saturday and flown to Phnom Penh, where authorities said he will be tried for his alleged role in a regime that killed more than 1 million people. Soldiers captured Ta Mok, known as "the Butcher" for his ruthlessness, near the northern border with Thailand, senior Cambodian generals said.
November 28, 2010 |
Reporting from Phnom Pehn, Cambodia ? On an unseasonably cool evening last month, nearly 700 people filed into the Chenla Theater for the final night of the inaugural Cambodia International Film Festival. The four-day event had drawn sizable audiences to films from more than 30 countries, but it was the premiere on this night of a Cambodian film called "Lost Loves" that attracted the festival's largest crowd. As TV crews angled for shots of the well-coifed cast members stepping onto the red carpet, inside the theater multigenerational families chatted excitedly and students snapped cellphone photos and waved to friends.
May 20, 1999 |
Their dreams and reputations spent, Khmer Rouge leaders have turned this malaria-racked frontier town into a retirement community where old friends reminisce and need offer no apologies for their murderous reign of terror.
March 31, 2009 |
Medics working for Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge rulers at a notorious death camp slowly killed prisoners by draining their blood to be used for infusions for privileged cadres, according to allegations presented Monday at a hearing for one of the regime's leaders. Kang Kek Ieu ran the S-21 prison, also known as Tuol Sleng, where more than 12,000 men, women and children were tortured before being executed in the nearby "killing fields" outside the capital, Phnom Penh.
January 3, 2001 |
Without debate, Cambodia's National Assembly on Tuesday approved guidelines to set up a tribunal made up of international and local judges to try the leaders of the murderous Khmer Rouge movement. Passage of the 48-article draft legislation is an important step toward convening such a tribunal, which the United Nations, Washington and human rights groups have long demanded, but political analysts cautioned that any trial is unlikely to be held for months and that more squabbling lies ahead.
January 24, 1999 |
Every once in a while a relatively marginal fact, if properly appreciated, can illuminate a broader truth. So it is with the recent announcement that the U.S. government will seek to establish an international war crimes tribunal for the two high-level Khmer Rouge officials who recently emerged from their jungle redoubt near the Cambodian-Thai border.
August 21, 2007 |
Last month, nearly 30 years after the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, the first indictment was issued by a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia. From 1975 to 1979, more than 1.7 million people died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot. Now, after years of prolonged negotiations and conniving by the international community, the tribunal finally looks set to begin its work.
June 25, 2008 |
Plagued by long delays and corruption allegations, the special court prosecuting Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge leaders on genocide charges is running short of money months before its first trial is set to start. The court, which was set up by the United Nations and Cambodia's government two years ago, needs $43.8 million to continue operating through 2009, administrators said Tuesday in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.
November 21, 2011 |
Three top Khmer Rouge leaders accused of helping mastermind Cambodia's "killing fields" in the 1970s went on trial in Phnom Penh on Monday as hundreds of victims and curious onlookers arrived at the court from around the country to witness the proceedings. The U.N.-backed trial is expected to take months. Furthermore, there's often been a significant delay in past tribunals between the end of testimony and the verdict. This reflects in part the highly political nature of these proceedings in a nation where feelings about that brutal period of history are still raw and many of those who served in the Khmer Rouge remain prominent in society.