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Former Cambodia Head of State denies committing genocide – JURIST

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[JURIST] Cambodia’s former head of state on Friday rejected charges of crimes against humanity in his UN-assisted tribunal. The 85-year-old Khieu Samphan, who was head of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, said [AP report] the allegations were concocted by neighboring country Vietnam. Samphan denied knowing about the forced marriages, executions, and starvations that occurred during the regime and asserted that he only found about the suffering after the rule ended. Commenting on the trial, Samphan stated “I want to bow to the memory of all the innocent victims but also to all those who perished by believing in a better ideal of the brighter future and who died during the five-year war… Their memory will never be honored by any international tribunal.” Samphan’s co-defendant, Nuon Chea, did not appear in court but his lawyers stated that the tribunal was a “show trial” and “victor’s justice.” The two men [BBC backgrounder] are already serving life sentences for crimes against humanity.

Cambodia continues to struggle with the legacy of the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder], an extremist group that attempted to set up an agrarian socialist society in the nation in the mid- to late-1970s. In December Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal charged [JURIST report] Meas Muth, the Khmer Rouge’s ex-navy commander, with genocide, crimes against humanity and other crimes. In March of last year, the tribunal charged [JURIST report] former Khmer Rouge member Cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity for his role in the maintenance of an execution site and two security centers during the Democratic Kampuchea. Earlier that March Human Rights Watch called on [JURIST report] the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. The Khmer Rouge have been blamed for roughly 1.7 million deaths between 1975 and 1979 while leader Pol Pot was in power.

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Cambodian local election results offer hope to opposition – The Seattle Times

Bangkok Post Cambodian local election results offer hope to oppositionThe Seattle TimesPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Final results released Sunday from Cambodia’s local elections this month confirmed the dominance of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party, but a strong showing by the opposition saw its prospects boosted for next year’s …Cambodia ruling party big winner in […]

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Cambodia ruling party big winner in local elections – The Mainichi

Daily Mail Cambodia ruling party big winner in local electionsThe MainichiPHNOM PENH (Kyodo) — Cambodia’s ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won over two-thirds of the commune chief posts in this month’s nationwide local elections, according to official results released Sunday by the National Election Committee.Official Commune Election Results Released by NECThe Cambodia DailyCambodian […]

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Cambodia ruling party big winner in local elections | Bangkok Post … – Bangkok Post

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Cambodia ruling party big winner in local elections – Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post Cambodia ruling party big winner in local electionsBangkok PostCambodia’s ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won over two-thirds of the commune chief posts in this month’s nationwide local elections, according to official results released Sunday by the National Election Committee (NEC). In the June 3 local …Official Commune Election Results Released by […]

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Revealed: mass faintings in Cambodian factories supplying Nike and Puma – The Guardian

The Guardian Revealed: mass faintings in Cambodian factories supplying Nike and PumaThe GuardianEpisodes of mass collapses bring factories to a standstill and cost “hundreds of thousands” of dollars in lost productivity, according to the Garment Makers’ Association of Cambodia. The minimum monthly wage in Cambodia is $153. Two hours’ overtime a …and more »

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