Thursday, March 31, 2005

Cambodia Moves to Prosecute Khmer Rouge

This week Cambodia moved closer to setting up an international tribunal to try war crimes committed by the notorious Khmer Rouge regime. The genocide of Pol Pot and his associates has been documented by numerous groups, most notably by Yale's Cambodian Genocide Program. More wrangling over funding and structure of the tribunal remains, but it will likely be a "hybrid" tribunal with both Cambodian and international judges located in the Hague. One interesting question: why does Cambodia need an international tribunal at all here? Is it because of local politics or is it because the international community has an interest due to the scale of the crimes?

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