People’s opinion on Khmer Rouge Trials

Posted by khmernews on December 13, 2006

The Khmer Rouge trials seem inactive but Cambodians living abroad and non-government organizations are still following progress closely to see whether the court will offer justice to those Cambodian victims who lost their lives during the genocidal regime.

Some Cambodians living outside the country want to be witness in the Khmer Rouge trial court. Yen Sem currently residing in France has shown eager to be a witness in the trials in his letter to Samleng Yuvachun Khmer newspaper.

“ With respect to the Extraordinary Chambers in Court of Cambodia: I am Yen Sem, 67 and I was born in Kompong Ampil commune, Rumduol district, Svay Rieng province. During 1960-1980 I was a teacher at Kilo 3 village, Prek Kak commune, Stung Trang district, Kompong Cham province. I used to work with a liberation group from 1980-1983 with village political chief position, I am certain that the Khmer Rouge genocide took place against more than two million Cambodians. I am confident and can guarantee that I could give correct answers to the judges for any misunderstandings which might have taken place from national and international thought. I am hopeful that the court will allow me to reveal the facts to the whole of Cambodia and the world”, Yen Sem said in his letter.

The director of Khmer Kampuchea Krom Human Rights Association, Thourn Saren, also issued an open letter concerning the Khmer Rouge tribunal. Since the beginning of the process he has put forth his own ideas and demonstrated his disbelief in the Khmer Rouge trial process.

“Extraordinary Chambers supporters claim that the court will achieve true justice for all Cambodians, especially the victims that died during the Khmer Rouge regime. But how will the judges in the court really benefit the people of Cambodia that suffered during the genocide? I think there will be not be adequate justice for the victims’ families with no more than 3-4 senior leaders tried for the crimes they committed in 1975-1979.

Many people are aware that the ex-Hanoi city was the main actor providing ideology to the Khmer Rouge leaders.
Obviously, Noun Chea, the senior Khmer Rouge leader was officially appointed as a Communist applicant by Hanoi. In addition, Communist China supplied soldier’s materials for Khmer Rouge activities and the United States cruelly bombed the country in order to kill Cambodians. Conversely, these two countries are not involved in any allegations.

For such a reason, there is no justice and no legal equality for most Cambodians. In contrast, the court is most likely to be just the tool to wash Cambodian blood from these brutal murderers’ hands. We do not have any belief that the court is an efficient method to prosecute Khmer Rouge crimes on humanity in Cambodia and the whole world for future generations. We want the Chambers first step to be to continue with an international court investigation into the involved countries in order to force them to be responsible for any acts committed against Cambodia in the past” Thourn Saren said in his letter to Samleng Yuvachun Khmer.

The Khmer Rouge Trial is the seen as the core mechanism for the seeking of justice after the regime, not only for Cambodians but also for people all over the world. They want to see how killers Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Khieu Samphan will be tried and executed. The tribunal has just started their investigation so there is presently no response on how Khmer Rouge leaders will be executed. No conclusions can be drawn before the court makes any decisions to accuse any people or even identify the Khmer Rouge leaders who killed millions of Cambodian people. Whilst no official allegation has been made, suspicion about any cruel actions leaders may have taken can not be made.

Extracted from:  Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.13, #2886, Friday 3 November 2006.


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