Cambodia Faces History

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Part two of Cambodia’s U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal is underway in Phnom Penh. Four top Khmer Rouge leaders face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The four are Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number Two, the top party ideologue and right hand man to late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot; Khieu Samphan, Cambodia’s then head of state; Ieng Sary, former foreign minister; and his wife, Ieng Thirith, former social affairs minister. The trials will help the nation come to terms with the estimated 1.7 million Cambodians who were killed or died from hard labor or starvation during the regime’s 1975-79 rule, analysts say.
Last July, in the first trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, former prison commandant Kaing Guek Eav, also known as “Duch,” was sentence to 30 years in prison. He admitted that he oversaw the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners at the Tuol Sleng.
Part two of Cambodia’s U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal is underway in Phnom Penh. Four top Khmer Rouge leaders face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The four are Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number Two, the top party ideologue and right hand man to late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot; Khieu Samphan, Cambodia’s then head of state; Ieng Sary, former foreign minister; and his wife, Ieng Thirith, former social affairs minister. The trials will help the nation come to terms with the estimated 1.7 million Cambodians who were killed or died from hard labor or starvation during the regime’s 1975-79 rule, analysts say.
Last July, in the first trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, former prison commandant Kaing Guek Eav, also known as “Duch,” was sentence to 30 years in prison. He admitted that he oversaw the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners at the Tuol Sleng or S-21 prison.