Procedural Deadlock Leaves Future of Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Doubt

Cambodian and international prosecuting judges remain at odds on whether to proceed with new cases.

Washington, D.C – Almost 13 years and $300 million after it was established, the U.N.-backed tribunal prosecuting Khmer Rouge atrocities has less than a year remaining in its mandate and uncertain prospects of bringing anyone else to trial.

Since it was sworn in on July 2006, the hybrid Cambodian and international court has managed to convict torture center chief Comrade Duch’ in 2010 and bring in guilty verdicts against Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in 2018. All three were all sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide, torture, and murder.

Two other top suspects — Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith — died before their cases could be concluded.

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