Jul 29, 2010

Justice for Cambodia? The Kaing Guek Eav verdict

I have a new post on GlobalComment about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. I lived in Cambodia for three years and know most of the people involved. My other blog Foreign Affairs is about my life there.

The verdict is in. Kaing Guek Eav, aka Comrade Duch (68) of the Khmer Rouge was convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by the trial chamber of The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on 26 July 2010.

It has been a long time coming. The communist Khmer Rouge regime murdered, tortured and starved millions of their own people. The majority of current government ministers were part of the regime. The tribunal at the ECCC has been subject to political interference, incompetence, legal ploys, confessions and retractions. What makes the process more difficult is the hybrid nature of the ECCC, which made any convictions doubtful.

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