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Khmer Rouge Prison Chief Indicted in Cambodia

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Posted on Jul 31, 2007

Kang Kek Ieu, otherwise known as Duch, the first of a group of former Khmer Rouge leaders to be investigated by a U.N.-affiliated tribunal in Cambodia, has been charged with crimes against humanity, according to the BBC.


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Duch was not among the top level of Khmer Rouge leaders but he has become one of its most notorious members, according to the BBC’s Guy De Launey in Phnom Penh.

He ran S21, a notorious jail where about 1,400 men, women and children were kept, and many of them brutally tortured.

A museum at the site illustrates in graphic detail what happened to the inmates, many of whom were executed at the so-called Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh.
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By Cambodia, April 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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By john gibson, July 31, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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The situation in Cambodia is unique in world history.This is to say genocide has occured before, but what people don’t understand is that the entire civil and education system was dismantled overnight,quite literally.One thinks of modern catastrophes such as the famine in Africa as man made,but the arid and technology starved land contributed to man made elements.On april30,1975, over 2 million people, mostly educated and quite westernized for the region, were forced into the streets and marched into labour “reeducation” camps.
When the Khmer Rouge signed the Paris peace accords in 1991, another unusual circumstance occured. In almost every other conflict in the world modern history, the loser was vanquished and the ideology they preached with it. An example is the Nazi party,even the symbol itself, was illeagal in post democratic germany. Mcarthur banned kendo in japan.
    But amazingly (to the west) the victorious Sihanouk and prince Norodom did what no other victor has done in modern history…
They forgave.
They tried to heal.
Instead of rounding up KR leaders, they sought a unity gov’t. When I arrived in Sihanoukville in 1991 as part of a UN UNAMIC team, we were expecting the area to be “hot” (dangerous).
What we encountered were polite, genuine human beings who were TIRED.
Atfirst ,we thought that they were weak for not wanting to seek revenge.Then I learned that the KR rounded up the people on 4\30\1975 for the same reason.
Payback.And it never stops.
Peace only comes when all sides stop looking for war.
Several years ago, the primeminister, Hun Sen, pardoned several ex-Khmer Rouge leaders. The west reacted with scorn. It was said Sen postured to the Khmer majority and let war criminals go.Sen stated that what he did was try to avoid a FUTURE war by not humiliating the Khmer. The war was part of the past ,and all the khmer people needed to be absobed into the society,not pushed into the jungle to brood and strike later.
When I think of this ,I remember The Roman Code: always extend the olive branch first,and you might not need the sword.

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By Scott, July 31, 2007 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

If a country like Cambodia can bring its own criminals against humanity to justice, there’s still hope that countries like the US can do the same.

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