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Why is the international community interested in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal?

Posted by khmernews on August 8, 2008

Many questions are being asked why the international community is interested in the Khmer Rouge tribunal. It’s not easy to answer as there are many reasons behind this interest.

The first reason is that it is significantly important to note that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), commonly known as the Khmer Rouge tribunal, has been established under the negotiation between the Cambodian government and the United Nations. This means that the tribunal is an internationally political issue. The International Criminal Tribunals around the world always draw attention from the international community. However, the Khmer Rouge tribunal, which also practices the Cambodia’s legal system, is different from the international courts in Yugoslavia and in Rwanda, in which only international laws are practiced. Read the rest of this entry »

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Responding Letters From Victims Unit

Posted by khmernews on August 7, 2008

From 17 April 1975 Cambodia, Cambodia had fallen under the rule of Khmer Rouge soldiers. At the time, Khmer Rouge leaders exiled people from cities to remote areas, forcing them to work restlessly without giving them enough food, suppressing their freedom of speech and family union, having no hospitals or medicines for patients, and capturing people for torture and killings if they were found out committing acts against the Angkar’s order. In 1979, the United Front for the National Salvation of Kampuchea (UFNSK) supported by Vietnamese troops overthrew the Khmer Rouge soldiers and chased them to the mountainous regions along Cambodian-Thai border. In 1991, the Paris Peace Treaty was made between the Khmer Rouge and the Government of Cambodia, leading to the National Election in 1993. Subsequently, the remaining Khmer Rouge soldiers integrated with the Government of Cambodia. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Memory of Aunt Peung Buoy

Posted by khmernews on August 7, 2008

Chea Phalla
The “3 years, 8 months and 20 days” Khmer Rouge regime took as many as almost 2 million Cambodian lives due to overwork and lack of medicines. The people who have gone through the regime are still traumatized and cannot forget it. For instance, my aunt Peung Buoy became a widow living with her sister after her husband and three children died during the Khmer Rouge regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese-Cambodian Tie

Posted by khmernews on August 7, 2008

The first description about Angkor Wat reaching its peak of development has been found in “A Record of Customs of Cambodia”, written by Zhou Daguan, roughly pronounced Joe Da-gwan.

Zhou was originally from Yong Jeav minority in Je Keang (Zi Cheang), a southwestern coastal province of China. Zhou, appointed as Chinese royal diplomat between 1296 and 1297, spent almost a whole year traveling around Cambodia. After returning to his home country, Zhou wrote a personal record which was then published prior to 1312. Not long before the fall of Mongol Dynasty in 1368, Zhou’s personal record was organized into a manuscript consisting of hundreds of chapters, most of which were the complete extracts, and it was published as “Zhou-Fu”. However, his record was published with his ink, known as “Tao Ting Y Ming”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Analysts: Those parties which pay no attention to Khmer Rouge Trials May Lose Supports from Victims

Posted by khmernews on August 7, 2008

Layum
Banteay Meanchey: On July 25, 2008 Cambodia’s eleven political parties concluded their election campaign. Some parties raised Khmer Rouge genocide and vowed to bring those Khmer Rouge leaders to justice for the sake of the people and humanity as a whole. Meanwhile, some parties seemed to pay no attention to this issue. They might think if they talked about it, it would benefit the ruling party. However, this could lead to the loss of support amongst those parties’ members and the people who are the victims, because the Khmer Rouge killed and harmed not only members of a particular party but everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

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