National And International Communities Welcome the Progress In the KR Tribunal

Posted by khmernews on July 31, 2007


US Embassy’s officials in Cambodia as well as civil society organizations’ officials and victims have considered the Introductory Submission filed against 5 former Khmer Rouge leaders another pace to trials to find out the people responsible for the devastations during the Khmer Rouge regime.

“We are happy that the tribunal is moving forward. Like what the ambassador said the tribunal has overcome many obstacles. We know that there will be more obstacles, but hope that everyone will have willingness to triumph over those problems,” said Jeff Daigle, Public Affairs official of the US Embassy, Tuesday.

Pong Chhiv Kek, President of the LICADHO Human Rights organization, said she hoped that the tribunal would continue its process to bring people who committed severe crimes to justice.

Meanwhile, Panhavuth Long, official of the New York-based Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), also shows his enthusiasm about the progress of the tribunal.

“It is a noticeable positive step that after one year the prosecutors proceed the tribunal,” said Panhavuth Long.       
Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), which has provided thousand pages of evidence to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, also welcomes the progress. “What important is that we have to make it better. And it’s also necessary to make a closer observation of the tribunal in order to understand the legal procedures which ensure that those former leaders cannot escape the trials. Now, there is the Introductory Submission. Are there the second and third?” he said.

With the new appeal to tribunal to find justice for his wife and two children who were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime and himself who was tortured in Tuol Sleng prison, Bou Meng said that he was badly hurt again when he heard that former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan had chance to deny responsibilities of the mass murder during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Recently, some local newspapers have published the names of 5 Khmer Rouge suspects. Those former Khmer Rouge suspects include Kaing Khek Iev, known as Duch, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, and Khieu Samphan. However, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s officials have yet to make public the names of those suspects.

Informal Translation
-Extracted from Sralanh Khmer, Vol. 03, #462, Thursday, July 26, 2007.


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