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Memorial To Be ‘Symbolic Compensation’ for Victims of Khmer Rouge

Survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime, Chum Mey (L) and Bou Meng (C) pray at Choeung Ek "Killing Fields" site located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, June 25, 2011.

11 July 2014
At Thursday’s ceremony, Khmer Rouge survivors Chum Mey and Bou Meng both said they were happy a memorial was going forward. More

Torture Chief Could Testify at Upcoming Khmer Rouge Trial

Operations at S-21, the brutal Khmer Rouge security center that Duch ran, will be included in the upcoming trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

Memorial Stupa To Be Built at Tuol Sleng Museum

The memorial Buddhist stupa will be built on the grounds of the former center of Tuol Sleng, which is now a war crimes museum.

Ieng Thirith, former Khmer Rouge Leader, Remains in Hospital, on Oxygen

The health of aging Khmer Rouge leaders is of ongoing concern, as many fear they will not face justice for crimes committed by the regime.

Tribunal Hearing Scheduled for July

The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal will hold an initial hearing for two aging regime leaders July 30, in anticipation of the beginning of a full trial at the end of the year.

Opposition Claims Harassment in Former Khmer Rouge Stronghold

Opposition officials say they were prevented from meeting in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng by a group of soldiers clad as civilians.

Former Khmer Rouge Minister’s Health Failing in Thailand

Ieng Thirith was one of four original Khmer Rouge leaders arrested and expected to face trial for atrocity crimes at the UN-backed tribunal.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Victims Unit To Hold Seminar

Officials at the Victims Support Section said in a statement Wednesday that they want to hear from lawyers and victims, as well as donors, as they discuss the upcoming trial phase.

High Rate of Khmer Rouge Sexual Violence Among Ethnic Minorities

The survey, conducted by the Cambodian Defenders Project, found that some 60 percent of 105 surveyed respondents experienced some form of sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge.

Verdict in First Phase of Trial for Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Set for August

Both men are accused of atrocity crimes, including genocide, for their leadership roles in the regime.

New Book Examines China’s Relationship With Khmer Rouge

“Brothers in Arms,” by author Andrew Mertha, shows how China’s foreign policy goals shaped the Khmer Rouge in ways favorable to Beijing.

Khieu Samphan Hospitalized, but in ‘Good Condition’

Khieu Samphan, 82, who is on trial alongside a second Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, was sent to the hospital five days ago for treatment of gripe, court officials said.

Tribunal Prosecutor Wants Forced Marriage, Rape Added to Fourth Case

A trial of Case 004, which is still under investigation at the court, would require three indictments of former Khmer Rouge commanders, and critics say it may never see full trial.

Civil Parties Agree on Reparation Requests for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The court’s Victims Support Section and civil party attorneys are seeking redress for survivors of the regime, particularly in the case against former leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

39 Years After Rise of Khmer Rouge, Hope for a Trial’s End

On this day in 1975, the Khmer Rouge overran the capital and began a mass exodus of the cities, pushing people into labor camps and work collectives.

Scope of Trial Set for Two Khmer Rouge Leaders

The scope will include Tuol Sleng prison, known to the Khmer Rouge as S-21, the 1 January Dam Worksite, and the Trak Kok cooperative.

Norway Pledges $1 Million to Tribunal

The contribution is only a small part of the $60.5 million needed by the court to continue operating.

Aging Khmer Rouge Leaders Still Fit to Stand Trial, Assessment Says

The assessments by court doctors, obtained by VOA Khmer, are the result of medical inspections earlier this month.

Tribunal Refuses Request for Trial Delay

The Trial Chamber of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has refused a request from defendant Khieu Samphan to have the next phase of his atrocity crimes trial delayed.

New Budget Approved, Not Funded, for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Donors approved the $60.5 million budget this week, but tribunal officials say they now need the budget to be funded.

Video Oscars Overview and Cambodian Americans Find Healing Through Oscar-Nominated Film

Almost 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and embarked on a four-year reign of terror and genocide, many of those who survived are finally able to talk about it. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside Cambodia.

Survey Indicates Tribunal Needs Renewed Support

A survey recently completed by the US-based Open Society Justice Initiative showed that support of the court by Cambodians is slipping.

Video Cambodian Americans Find Healing Through Oscar-Nominated Film

Oscar nomination for 'The Missing Picture' was a first for a Cambodian film.

Without More Indictments, Tribunal Lawyers Face Difficulties

Cases 003 and 004 have been strongly opposed by top government officials and would require more indictments of former Khmer Rouge leaders to continue.

US University Prepares for Forum on Cambodian ‘Crossroads’

Topics for discussion at the three-day conference include Cambodia’s current political climate, the Khmer Rouge tribunal, and the country’s art, media and culture.

Video Disappointment in Phnom Penh as Italian Film Wins Oscar

Despite not winning its own Oscar, “The Missing Picture’s” nomination was a historic first for Cambodians.

Tribunal Lacks Funding for Victims Reparations, Officials Say

The court “lacks funding” for 13 separate reparation requests by victims, Hang Vannak, head of the Victim Support Section of the court, said in a statement Tuesday.

30 Years Later, Reporter Reflects on ‘The Killing Fields’

On the 30th anniversary of the film, Schanberg told VOA Khmer the film has over the years reached the right audience: the Cambodian people.

Tribunal Orders Health Checks for Two Aging Khmer Rouge Leaders

The Trial Chamber of the UN-backed court ordered physicians to check on Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, with a hearing to be held March 28.

Video ‘Missing Picture’ Draws Large Washington Crowd

Oscar-nominated “The Missing Picture,” a film by Rithy Panh, was screened along with the other four other competitors this past weekend at the National Geographic Museum in Washington.

Arguments Open as Tribunal Considers Next Phase of Khmer Rouge Trial

The tribunal is facing mounting pressure to wrap up the case, as international funding for the court, which began in 2006, dwindles.

Audio Q&A: Traveling the Cambodian Genocide with Noah Lederman

Noah Lederman's latest e-book is informative both for travelers and for readers who want a sense of what Cambodians endured and how life there remains affected.

Analysts: UN-Cambodia Trial Agreement Positive Step

UN-backed court has faced ongoing financial woes in recent months as it seeks to conclude initial trial of two aging Khmer Rouge leaders.

Separate Parties Put Scope of Tribunal in Conflict

The UN-backed court is currently planning the second phase of a two-part trial for leader Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan—the only two defendants left in custody—for later this year.

US Group Plans To File Against Hun Sen at International Court

In testimony before the UN Human Rights Council last week, Mak Sambath, vice chairman of Cambodia’s Human Rights Committee, denied government involvement in the tribunal.

UN, Cambodia Reaffirm Support for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The UN-backed court has faced ongoing financial woes in recent months, as it seeks to conclude the trial of two aging Khmer Rouge leaders.

UN Delegation To Discuss Tribunal Financing

Cambodia has provided nearly $3.5 million for the national side of the court for 2014 and 2015, but Long Panhavuth said international donors need to put in more money.

New Book Critiques Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Delays at the court, which has had just one successful trial since its 2006 inception, meant that some suspects and defendants died before trials were complete.

Concern Grows Over Delay in Tribunal Case for Aging Leaders

The court is currently preparing for the second stage of an atrocity crimes trial against aging leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, but critics of the court worry the two men will die in detention without seeing a verdict.

Video At Least Four Protesters Killed in Clash With Armed Forces ​​​

At Least Four Protesters Killed in Clash With Armed Forces ​​​ Reports from Cambodia say four people have died and more have been wounded after Cambodian armed forces opened fire on a demonstration in Phnom Penh where garment workers are calling for higher wages. Ker Yann has this report.

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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
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22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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21 July 2014
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Video Labor of Love (Movie: That's What I Am)

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You can say, "You have to try this new Cambodian restaurant in DC, it's super delicious, it's amazing - one bite of it and it will 'knock your socks off'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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