In this photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Khieu Samphan, left, former Khmer Rouge head of state, and Nuon Chea, right, who was the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, sit in the court hall before they made closing statements at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Many younger Cambodians do not know what happened during the Khmer Rouge.
Both leaders on trial will face charges related to the treatment of the Chams, as well as Vietnamese, when their trial begins in full later this year.
Many Cambodians felt the court’s slow pace and limited scope were not bringing them a sense of justice.
The Documentation Center of Cambodia, a key research facility for the atrocity crimes of the Khmer Rouge, plans to start building a genocide institute that will be the first of its kind in Asia.
Nuon Chea is on trial alongside Khieu Samphan, another regime leader, for atrocity crimes.
Nearly half a million Cambodians fled the regime to live in the United States, leaving behind family members who were killed.
Scot Marciel, the top diplomat for Asia and Pacific at the US State Department, said the tribunal can serve as an example to Cambodians and the world.
Observers say they are hopeful the case will reveal more truths about the movement and provide some sense of justice for victims.
A researcher says interviews with many everyday Cambodians shows a desire to hear confessions from two former leaders.
Im Chaem, 68, is accused of atrocity crimes for her role in purges of Khmer Rogue cadre and for running a detention center where tens of thousands of people died.
The fact that only three leaders have faced trial since 2006 means the court is failing to bring justice to the victims of the brutal regime.
Im Chaem has said in the past she does not consider herself guilty of atrocity crimes, and she recently told local media she will not go to the court if summoned.
Im Chaem, 68, is among a small group of suspects that could be indicted in two more cases at the tribunal.
A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has handed down long awaited guilty verdicts against two aging leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.
While the verdict signaled a completion to this phase of the trial, critics say the court could have done a lot more for Cambodians.
A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has handed down long-awaited guilty verdicts and life sentences for two aging leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. VOA's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh in this story narrated by Colin Lovett.
More than 1.7 million people died under the regime, from overwork, starvation or execution, in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
In the countryside, especially in former Khmer Rouge areas, the verdict was met with mixed reactions.
The first phase of a two-phase trial began for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in late 2011, in a trial that included more than 1,000 witnesses and 7,000 documents.
Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan convicted of crimes against humanity three-and-a-half decades after communist group's bloody rule left nearly quarter of Cambodian population dead.
The tribunal sentenced Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who are in poor health, to life in prison
Nuon Chea, 87, and Khieu Samphan, 82, are facing charges for their roles as leaders within the movement
Thursday’s verdict will be a landmark moment for the court, which has so far only tried one other Khmer Rouge member.
Aging leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are facing atrocities crimes charges in two phases of a trial that was broken apart to expedite the process.
First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served.
Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge president, Khieu Samphan, arrived in court on Wednesday (July 30) for an initial hearing on charges for genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, chief ideologue Nuon Chea face genocide charges at the trial that begins Wednesday in Phnom Penh.
Chum Mey sells books about the Khmer Rouge, and about himself, in what is now called the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has faced growing criticism in recent years for failure to provide justice to victims of the regime.
At Thursday’s ceremony, Khmer Rouge survivors Chum Mey and Bou Meng both said they were happy a memorial was going forward.
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.
The memorial Buddhist stupa will be built on the grounds of the former center of Tuol Sleng, which is now a war crimes museum.
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.
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 officials say they were prevented from meeting in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng by a group of soldiers clad as civilians.
Ieng Thirith was one of four original Khmer Rouge leaders arrested and expected to face trial for atrocity crimes at the UN-backed tribunal.
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.
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.