Like Cambodia, Syria Isn’t a Mistake

Better late than never! This is what comes to mind when one reads the latest news from Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, where two leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been tried and found guilty of genocide for the first time. The charges date back to the 1970s and the two leaders involved Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are 92 and 87 years old.

For more than a decade they had tried to claim that the crimes attributed to them were either “part of history” or covered by the so-called principle of “sovereign immunity” that exempts heads of state from prosecution, Khieu Samphan was head of state and Nuon Chea acted as deputy to the party’s top leader Pol Pot.

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