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Trying Guilt

"The truth is a hard thing to articulate, let alone take responsibility for..." So says Thierry Cruvellier in his book, "The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer," a depiction of Kaing Guek Eav—better known by the alias Duch—and a gripping account of Duch’s 2009 trial.

Charges Against Meas Muth ‘Invalid,’ Defense Lawyers Say

The defense team for former Khmer Rouge navy commander Meas Muth says the decision by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to charge him in absentia with war crimes and crimes against humanity was “invalid,” as only one investigating judge signed off on it.

UN to Review Documents Relating to Meas Muth

The U.N. plans to “review” a slew of newly declassified documents that show that judicial police ignored an arrest warrant for Khmer Rouge navy commander and accused war criminal Meas Muth, according to the U.N.’s special expert on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Gov’t Ignored Arrest Warrant For Accused War Criminal

Judicial police ignored an arrest warrant for former Khmer Rouge navy commander Meas Muth, putting the government in breach of the rules of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, declassified documents released by the tribunal Wednesday show.

Nauru Refugees Settle Into New Neighborhood

In a sprawling villa down a quiet dirt road in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district, four refugees have reached what not so long ago would have seemed like an inconceivable end destination.

Cambodia Ranks Poorly in Rule of Law Index

Cambodia received one of the lowest scores in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2015, released Tuesday, ranking 99 out of 102 countries surveyed.

Garment Industry Under Scrutiny in New Film

The grim realities of Cambodia’s garment industry are laid bare in a new documentary film that exposes the devastating impact cheap clothing is having on people and the environment.

Hope for Trauma Survivors in Testimony Therapy

“These days, I am not doing so well. I get a headache, feel dizzy and have a fever each time the events of those days—especially what happened in that detention center—come to mind. When I am alone, I often cry.”

Former Khmer Rouge Official Tells Tribunal of Hiding Rice

A former commune official on Tuesday claimed at the Khmer Rouge tribunal that she hid rice stores—in violation of orders from her superiors—to ensure that everyone in her commune had enough to eat in the face of food shortages.

Press Freedom Declined In 2014, US Group Says

Press freedom in Cambodia declined in 2014, according to a new report by the U.S.-based NGO Freedom House, which ranked the nation among 18 that experienced “significant declines” over the year.

Hun Sen to Donate $100,000 to Nepal Quake Relief

Prime Minister Hun Sen has pledged to contribute $100,000 in disaster-relief aid to Nepal after an earthquake on Saturday left more than 4,300 people dead and over 8,000 injured.

Khmer Rouge Official Responds to ‘Master of Death’ Label

Confronted with allegations that he was called the “Master of Death,” a former Khmer Rouge district official who has been accused of ordering purges claimed on Friday that he was “very careful” in carrying out his duties.

Former KR Cadre Denies Ordering Purges of Lon Nol Officials

Giving evidence for the fourth consecutive day, a former Khmer Rouge cadre on Thursday denied ordering purges of former members of the Lon Nol administration in Takeo province, contrary to previous testimony heard at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Former Cadre Tells of Pol Pot’s Hunt for Escaped ‘Traitors’

A former Khmer Rouge cadre on Wednesday told the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia how he attended a meeting in Phnom Penh at which Pol Pot handed down orders to comb the Central Zone for traitors who had “escaped into the forest.”

KR Survivor Describes Brutal Prison Conditions

A survivor of the Pol Pot regime on Tuesday told the Khmer Rouge tribunal of being shackled to the floor of an overcrowded prison cell along with at least 70 others, including women and their children, many of whom appeared malnourished.

UN Experts Detail Extensive Rights Violations

A U.N. human rights panel on Thursday evening released a report on the government’s adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, taking aim at a series of violations including impunity for extrajudicial killings, excessive use of force by authorities and a lack of judicial independence.

As Refugees Spurn Cambodia, Locals Voice Opposition to Deal

As refugees being held by Australia on the South Pacific island of Nauru continue to spurn the prospect of resettling in Cambodia, many Cambodians likewise say they do not want to see any of the refugees sent to their country.

KRT Charges Second Suspect in Case 004

Former Khmer Rouge official Ao An, better known by his alias “Ta An,” on Friday became the third mid-ranking cadre to be charged this month by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia over alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Pol Pot era.

UN Envoy, Gov’t Discuss Divisive KRT Cases

Amid criticism over the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s failure to secure the arrest of former navy chief Meas Muth and district commander Im Chaem, who were charged in absentia earlier this month, the U.N.’s special expert on the court Wednesday met with Deputy Prime Minister Sok An to discuss the cases, among other court matters.

After Visit, Refugee Deal Still Shrouded in Doubt

In 2001, Australia’s then-conservative government first introduced its “Pacific Solution” as a way of stopping an influx of asylum seekers attempting to reach its shores by boat—and as a way of winning votes during an election defined by wedge politics.