Publisert av: ingridmogstad | 25. juni 2011

Khmer Rouge trial 002

I’m going through a very serious-blog-period these days, maybe reflecting my field of interest the last couple of weeks. The Khmer Rouge tribunal is coming up this Monday in Cambodia, which is quite exiting. «Case 002», as the trial is called, is a trial against four suspected former Khmer Rouge leaders. If you wonder why the case is called 002, is it because 001 was carried out last summer against Kaing Guak Eav, alias Duch (pronounced «doidt» in Khmer for those who are interested). He was sentenced to 30 years of jail after being found guilty of:

• Crimes against humanity (persecution on political grounds) (subsuming the crimes against human extermination [encompassing murder], enslavement, imprisonment, torture [including one instance of rape], and other inhumane acts).

• Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, namely: – willful killing, – torture and inhumane treatment, – willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, – willfully depriving a prisoner of war or civilian of the rights of fair and regular trial, and – unlawful confinement of a civilian


Pictures of children in the prison Toul Sleng (S21) that Duch run during the KR regime. About 16 000 people are believed to have passed through here, including children (just to make this post even more miserable, I’m sorry.)

The Cambodian government has done what they can to stop case 003 and 004, Hun Sen (Cambodian Prime Minister) stating they could cause civil war. Not many observers seem to see this as a serious threat, but the result is never the less that the two cases probably will be shut down. Case 002, on the other hand, will. The case is carried out against:

Ieng Sary – held the position as minister of foreign affairs during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979. He has later had a lot of power in the Cambodian political scene

Khieu Samphan – Held the position as head of state during the regime, and thus functioned as a spokesman for the Khmer Rouge during the regime. Later he became vise minister of foreign affairs.

Ieng Thirith – Was married to Ieng Sary and functioned as the minister of social actions during the regime.

Noun Chea – Was the deputy secretary of the Central Committee and is believed to have been the right hand of Pol Pot.


And this is how they look like today

They are all charged of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and all four denies having anything to do with the killings.

So Monday will be exiting, I have never followed an international trial before, so I have no idea what to expect. Come to think of it, I have never tried to follow a trial before period. So this is interesting. I think at this point, justice is not what we are looking for. It is too late for any type of justice, and as a victim I talked to the other day put it; «Nothing can ever fill the holes on our hearts. Nothing». Around 2 mill people were killed and so far only five people (including the four this upcoming Monday) have been brought in to court. That’s not fair.

But there are nice things going on here too, like sunsets behind the monument of independence. Sunsets are pretty everywhere, and easy to take pictures of.


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