The Khmer Rouge next on Trial

Linked with Boua Chanthou – Cambodia, with Thavrin THONG – Cambodia, with NGO Forum on Cambodia, and with DCA DanChurchAid Cambodia – the right to food.

On March 2003, United Nation and Royal Governement of Cambodia had signed an agreement to create Extraordinary Tribunal in Cambodia to try former Khmer Rouge Trial Leaders between April 1975 to January 1979.

Ta Mok is the nom de guerre[?] of Chhit Choeun (born 1926), a senior figure in the leadership of the Khmer Rouge. His actual name is uncertain, other sources give it as Ek Choeun or Oeung Choeun. He was part of the anti-French and then anti-Japanese resistence in the 1940s. But he was training for the priesthood at Pali when he joined the anti-French Khmer Issarak in 1964.

He soon left Phnom Penh and fell in with the Khmer Rouge. By the late 1960s he was a General and the group’s Chief-of-Staff. He lost the lower part of one leg in fighting around 1970. It is believed that he directed the massive purges that characterised the short-lived Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979), earning him the nickname ‘Butcher’. (Read more on kids.net.au).

Criminal Court for Cambodia: More than twenty years after Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge were chased from Bangkok by the North Vietnamese army, the possibility to prosecute the butchers of the democratic Kampuchea era seems at last to materialize. On the 13 th of May 2003,the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution, giving approbation to a proposition of agreement between the U.N. and Cambodia on the prosecution of crimes committed between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia (A/RES/57/228 B). The agreement will allow the creation of an extraordinary chamber, part of the current judiciary system, and composed of international judges. Yet the agreement has to be ratified by Cambodia to be fully enforceable. The 4. October 2004, the Parlament ratified this agreement. At this date, the agreement still needs the expected approval of Cambodia’s Senate and head of state, and funding for the tribunal has yet to be secured. (Read the whole rest on TRIAL-ch.org track impunity always).

With a link to Trail Watch, with for the moment two results about Cambodia, for Kang Khek leu, know as Duch, indicted, and for Ta Mok, a former Buddhist Monk, died before end of trial:

Concerning Cambodia Website Directory – Law: Found two websites:

1. The Arbitration Council, The Arbitration Council is an independent statutory body which is responsible for resolving collective labor disputes in Cambodia. The website contains information on the Council’s procedures, its awards, and Cambodian labor law. The site is in English and Khmer.

2. Protect Your Investment Against Fraud & Forgery, The Notary officially provides legal services in drafting, certifying, and notarizing on public and private documents in accordance to the Laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia. (See there).

Press Release: United Nations, Thursday, 9 March 2006, – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has submitted a list of international judges and other legal experts to Cambodia’s Prime Minister to serve in the trial of former leaders of the Khmer Rouge accused of horrific crimes, including mass killings, during the 1970s, a spokesman for the world body announced today. In a letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday, Mr. Annan recommends 12 legal experts, including seven nominees for international judges, to serve in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia for the Prosecution of Crimes Committed During the Period of Democratic Kampuchea. (Read the whole rest on SCOOP).

A survivor revisits the killing fields, By Seth Mydans, International Herald Tribune, September 4, 2006. PREK KEO, Cambodia Youk Chhang knelt among the coconut palms behind an isolated Buddhist temple and began asking, very gently, how a man named Sous Thy had become part of the killing machine of the Khmer Rouge. Sous Thy squatted beside him in this quiet, private place, a weathered farmer of 45, revealing bit by bit the secrets he had kept for the past quarter of a century. Khmer Intelligence (KI) is a non-government organisation whose objective is to collect sensitive information from non-easily accessible sources to help Khmer and foreign observers better follow and understand the situation in Cambodia. KI finds out what is behind the latest news and news to come. For security reasons KI must preserve anonymity for its informants. Information is classified according to five levels of reliability: Official or Semi-Official (1), Very Reliable (2), Reliable (3), Insistent/Credible Rumour (4), Rumour (5). (Read all on KI MEDIA, Dedicated to publishing sensitive information about Cambodia).

Links:

The Trial, retold by Tony Shapiro;
Khmer News;

for Instructions:

Khmer Rouge on wikipedia;
Khmer Empire on wikipedia;
Trial on wikipedia;
2003 Phnom Penh riots on wikipedia;

(And: if you have Babylon 6.0 inkl. Oxford Books), go there to the word ‘Trial’).

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