IIAS Newsletter 48 Summer 2008

Exorcising the curse of the Khmer Rouge

Benny Widjono

April 2008 marked the 33rd anniversary of the coming to power of the Khmer Rouge terror regime, which during its reign killed an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians through execution, overwork and starvation. This year five ageing Khmer Rouge leaders are finally being brought to justice in a tribunal in Phnom Penh. Benny Widjono examines why it has taken so long to prosecute these war crimes.

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