ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tribulation before Trial in Cambodia

Confronting Autogenocide

The human, political and economic catastrophe Cambodia witnessed during the Khmer Rouge years continues to haunt the country. Even as the trial of the former leaders of Khmer Rouge awaits royal assent, the controversy over bringing the criminals to book remains mired in political wrangles, legal concerns, divisions among the survivors and new interventions by the UN and foreign governments. The saga of the trials also exposes the value, perversions and uncertainties that accompany retrospective justice for mass murder.

The Khmer Rouge did not only kill the families of the government. This is about the life and suffering of all Cambodians.

– Senator Kem Sokha; Marcher, 2000a.

We will have no second chance to try the Khmer Rouge leaders for the murder of so many of our relatives if this tribunal fails.

– Sok Sam Oeun1

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