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Report on Crimes Triggered By 1975-1978 Democratic Kampuchea

Posted by khmernews on September 5, 2008

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Although there are many different assertions about the number of Cambodian people killed during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978, a document entitled, “Crimes of pro-China homogeny regime and entourage Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Khieu Samphan during 1975-1978,” published by the People’s Republic of Kampuchea in 1983 demonstrated the death toll, number of complainants, the properties lost during the regime.

United Front for National Salvation of Kampuchea’s General Country Council’s Report on Crimes no.1051 33 krs claimed that the Pol Pot’s Crimes Investigation Committee under the UFNSK’s GCC had contacted people at all levels, Angkar Pak, authorities, and people’s organization from the central to the grassroots levels to investigate the crimes. The Committee had reviewed and analysed all documents sent from communes, districts, provinces, and cities which were the evidence to prove the crimes the Pol Pot’s regime committed on the people. The regime made a mess of the Cambodian [administrative] structure, deserted our land, and destroyed many lives and properties.
1,166,307 people sued and condemned the Pol Pot’s regime and its entourage. During 1975-1978 there were 3,314,768 people killed. The victims included 1,927,061 farmers, 25,168 monks, 488,359 ethnic people, 305,417 workers, civil servants and others, almost 100 local authors and journalists, and many other foreigners, elderly, women, and children.

568,663 people were killed in the jungle and buried in mass graves after they had been forced to work on the construction of a military airport and secrete trenches in Kompong Chhnang and Siem Reap provinces and at the foot of Dangraek Mountain. Once the building was completed, the Khmer Rouge killed them all so as to maintain the confidentiality. [They used all kinds of killings.] (…)

The Pol Pot’s genocidal regime left 141,848 people disabled, 200,000 orphaned, and hundreds of thousands widowed. Those who could survive became debilitated. Most youth lost their happiness to the regime as they had been forced to marry collectively without their consent. 634,522 houses were destroyed including 5,857 school buildings. 796 hospitals and laboratories and 1,968 pagodas were either demolished or turned into warehouse or detention center. 108 Islamic mosques were obliterated. Besides, 1,507,416 cattle were culled while many other properties and materials were lost.

In Kompong Thom province alone, the report pointed out, there were 324,547 victims and there were 119,578 complainants. However, officials at the provincial Cults and Religion Department, former provincial Front, claimed that the documents and complaint forms were burnt down when the department was moved years ago.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, vol. 16, #4684, Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

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