Trials in Cambodia, while fraught, may help deliver accountability for crimes against humanity across the region.
Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, high ranking officials of the Pol Pot regime, have been sentenced to life imprisonment twice over for their role in the genocide of the Cham Muslim and ethnic Vietnamese minorities during the Khmer Rouge era.
The landmark judgment delivered this month by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found the pair guilty of crimes against humanity, including murder, forced marriage and rape, forced labour, among others.
The decision of the chamber and the institution which issued it are noteworthy for a few reasons, not all positive. Of the two completed cases at the ECCC, the guilt of only three individuals has been adjudicated upon. Four defendants are yet to face trial, which is unlikely to proceed due to government opposition.
Lire la suite : The Interpreter, 29/11/2018.
Illustration “à la une” : Victims of the Pol Pot regime on display in a memorial tower at the Choeung Ek killing fields © Satoshi Takahashi via Getty