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Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal approved by Cambodian parliament

[JURIST] Cambodia's National Assembly voted unanimously Monday to set up a UN-backed tribunal that will put leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Five judges, three of whom will be Cambodian legal experts, will sit in the trial court and cases will be decided by majority.

Plans for the tribunal have received criticism, with analysts saying that the tribunal will not be free of interference from the Cambodian government and that lower-ranking Khmer Rouge leaders will be allowed to escape justice. BBC News has more. Yale University's Cambodian Genocide Program has background on the Khmer Rouge Genocide Tribunal, including the text, in draft form, of the UN-Cambodia Tribunal Agreement [DOC]. BBC News has additional background on the agreement, which was formally signed in 2003.

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