On April 30, 2010, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) dismissed appeals by three former Khmer Rouge officials to block the extension of their provisional detention. The three prisoners, Ieng Thirith, Ien Sary, and Khieu Samphan, were indicted on charges of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, murder, torture, and religious persecution surrounding the genocide of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge's rule of the country between 1975-1979. Their trial began in November 2011, and the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen informed the UN in 2010 that Cambodia will not allow further prosecutions of low-ranking Khmer Rouge officers. As of 2012, the only successful trial of former Khmer Rouge officials resulted in a life sentence for Kaing Guek Eav, a former head of security.
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Learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the laws governing genocide from the JURIST news archive and learn more about the potential difficulties in trying international criminals in local courts from JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Gordon in Forum.