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.
February 19, 1999 |
Yes, of course, Saroeun Kim said, the Khmer Rouge leaders should be brought to trial. Among the more than 1 million Cambodians they killed were his mother and father, his brothers, most of his aunts, uncles and cousins. "I don't want revenge, but I can never forgive or forget," said Kim, 29, who tends bar in Phnom Penh, the capital, and studies computer science. "I remember the day two men came to get my mother, and I remember seeing her body in a pile of corpses.
August 8, 1998 |
In a low-rent office full of computers and file cabinets, a group of young volunteers is doing the job no one in this nation wanted to touch--cataloging a genocide. It is a high-risk undertaking, conducted in partnership with Yale University Law School, because there are people in Cambodia, including some senior members of government, who have a lot to lose if they are linked to the Khmer Rouge's mass killings of 1975-79.
April 11, 1998 |
The United States wants China to help arrange a war crimes trial for Pol Pot, who led Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrilla group when it killed perhaps a million people, a senior U.S. diplomat said Friday. Undersecretary of State Thomas R. Pickering said Chinese officials "listened with interest" but did not immediately respond to the request raised in meetings since his arrival Thursday in Beijing.
December 21, 1997 |
"This," said Pen Phalla, standing in a schoolyard where the grass was neatly clipped and songbirds darted among tall palms, "is where they killed the intelligentsia. You know--teachers, doctors, the educated, people like that. "Sometimes they beat them to death with shovels and hoes to save bullets. Or cut their throats. It just depended." She stepped into a classroom that had been partitioned into cells. "That's blood on the floor," she said. "The bed's original.
October 23, 1997 |
Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge leader who presided over Cambodia's "killing fields" in the late 1970s, is dying--without acknowledging remorse or responsibility for his reign of terror. His own former followers, holding him under guard in a jungle camp in Anlong Veng, Cambodia, forced him to talk to American reporter Nate Thayer last Thursday.