Cambodia’s International Tribunal has announced that the second phase of the trial for two former Khmer Rouge leaders will begin on October 17.
The date will mark the beginning of the final phase in the trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, which was broken into two parts for expediency. Trial officials said hearings will continue three days per week.
August 26, 2014 New York Times, PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Earlier this month a United Nations-assisted tribunal in Cambodia handed down long-overdue judgments against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan for their roles in the catastrophic Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-79. Nuon Chea, the deputy secretary of the communist party, and Khieu Samphan, the president of the Khmer Rouge state, were sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.
40 years ago, Poch Younly risked everything to write in his diary, “one of just four known firsthand accounts penned by victims and survivors while the Khmer Rouge were in power…” http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/09/spiral-bound-history-rare-cambodia-diary-offers-haunting-account-life-under/
August 7, 2014 NPR All Things Considered: Khmer Rouge Convictions Offer Small Solace For Cambodian Victims. ( I went in the studio determined to be strong, and a minute into the interview, I found myself choking with emotions again. This time, it wasn’t… anger; it was relief, gratitude, and missing my family. There will never be justice for the 2 million lives lost, but through education their stories will live on as our healing continues. The heart is the strongest muscle in the human body. Loung Ung)
Sok Sambour, 25, works as a receptionist at a hotel after graduating from accounting school. Her parents told her about that era, including exactly how long the Khmer Rouge rule lasted: three years, eight months and 20 days. An elderly neighbor told her that just catching a fish to eat was enough to be accused of betrayal and face almost certain execution. A U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal will deliver a verdict this coming Thursday in the trial of the two top leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge, whose extremist policies in the late 1970s are blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians though starvation, medical neglect, overwork and execution.
August 9, 2012 "The discovery of more than 1,200 photographs of former prisoners at a notorious Khmer Rouge torture jail has raised hopes that more Cambodians could learn the fate of their relatives." Read The Telegraph full Article
Jailed Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea was given the right to order killings under the regime’s policies, a tribunal prosecutor told the court Thursday.
Dale Lysak, international deputy prosecutor for the UN-backed court, said documentation of the regime showed that the security committee, which included Nuon Chea and Pol Pot, decided on “all the killings.” Read Full Article