Cambodians urge speedy Khmer Rouge genocide trials

[JURIST] Government officials along with survivors paid respects Friday to the victims of the Khmer Rouge "killing fields" [Wikipedia backgrounder] during the annual "Day of Anger." Last month the United Nations announced its support for genocide tribunals in Cambodia [press release] though a start date has yet to be set. Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot [BBC profile] instituted radical resettlement and re-education policies in the late 1970's leading to the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians through starvation, disease, overwork, and execution. None of the movement's leaders have stood trial but at least ten are expected to face the tribunals. The UN has pledged $38 million to the proceedings while Cambodia is adding $13 million to its share of the cost. Reuters has more.



 

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