William A. Heidt, U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, during an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on February 10, 2016 with VOA Khmer's Neou Vannarin. It is the ambassador's first interview with a media outlet since he became ambassador in September 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
Before departing for China after a brief trip to Cambodia, US Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, a court he helped negotiate.
The Cambodian Landmine Museum sits just outside of the tourism hub of Siem Reap, the gateway city to the famed temples of Angkor Wat.
“All I Heard Was My Sorrow” describes Ly Sambo's life under the Khmer Rouge and her flight to the US in the early 1980s.
The discussion highlighted the contrast between the academics views on helpful forms of reconciliation and healing, and the efforts of the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal toward the same goal.
Ly Sambo, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge atrocities and a former refugee, is the author of a memoir titled “All I Heard Was My Sorrow.” In it, she wrote about her escape from the Khmer Rouge genocide, and her work as an interpreter for World Vision in Khao I-Dang refugee camp before immigrating to America. “All I Heard Was My Sorrow” helps Sambo in her journey to heal herself from a painful past through gratitude.
Observers of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal say the court should have a clear plan for ending proceedings and to address longstanding concerns.
Sum Rithy, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, says the UN-backed tribunal must speed up the trial of two aging regime leaders.
Sum Rithy, 62, is a leader among those survivors of the Khmer Rouge who have pushed for a complete tribunal process, which has so far only tried one defendant.
Sum Rithy was imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge, but he survived because he knew how to repair bicycles.
The tribunal has been operating now for nearly a decade and has completed the trial of only a single defendant, Kaing Kek Iev.
A former UN official in Cambodia during its transition period in the 1990s says the country’s mass killings were in part a result of the Cold War.
Long Panhavuth told VOA Khmer the court is unlikely to launch investigations into similar crimes in the Asia Pacific.
A photo gallery of Kate Webb, war correspondent and Phnom Penh bureau chief for United Press International (UPI) in 1970 after reporting the Vietnam war between 1967 and 1969.
Researcher Sirik Savina writes a reflection article discussing the legacies of Kate Webb and the Cambodian war on the 24th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement.
New research seeks to understand why Cambodians joined the Khmer Rouge and how people today perceive their roles in the brutal regime.
More needs to be done, they say, to help refugees resettle in order to prevent further suffering and future social problems.
The plans include the preservation of the meeting rooms of Pol Pot and the house of former Khmer Rouge commander Ta Mok, and the installation of information kiosks in town.
Chhang Youk says the center needs at least two years to properly document and file the archive, after which it will be available to researchers.
Commissioned from Indonesian artist I Nyoman Nuarta, the sculpture will depict a woman rising from the earth, carrying a child.
The W3 Award honors “creative excellence on the web,” and are selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.
The program will be a weekly production between tribunal staff and the media center, broadcasting updates on court matters each Thursday, 6 pm to 7 pm, at FM102.
Over the decades, Julio Jeldres amassed a collection of research materials, from videos and photographs, to interviews, papers, and books.
Hearing relates specifically to actions by Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea against two minority groups: ethnic Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese
In interviews with VOA Khmer, three suspects, Meas Muth, Ta An and Im Chaem, denied the atrocity crimes charges made against them.
The Khmer Rouge’s former social affairs minister, Ieng Thirith, has died. The former regime leader who was found mentally incompetent to stand trial at the UN-backed tribunal in 2011, and Khmer Rouge survivors said Monday that her passing was another painful reminder how few of the leaders have faced trial. Family report her three-day funeral ceremony ended Monday night with Ieng Thirith’s cremation in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin. She was 83. (Neou Vannarin, Phnom Penh)
Khmer Rouge survivors said Monday that her passing was another painful reminder how few of the regime’s leaders have faced trial.
Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal confirms death of Ieng Thirith
Tribunal officials and victims of the regime told VOA Khmer they support the conference coming to Cambodia.
Several students at Toul Tom Poung High School told VOA Khmer that they understand the necessity of Khmer Rouge history, which will help Cambodia’s future.
The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has been unable to fully pursue at least two cases, due to the government’s unwillingness to arrest them, the US ambassador at large for war crimes says.
Khmer Rouge leaders are currently on trial by the UN-backed tribunal for genocide. The tribunal is facing serious roadblocks, including Tuesday resignation of UN judge Mark Harmon.
Judge Harmon's resignation, said to be made for personal reason, coincides with Cambodia's failed arrest of two key suspects he named for the indictment in the ongoing trial. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara talked to Stephen Rapp, US Ambassador-at-large of War Crimes, and has the interview.
Court observers say Mark Harmon had in the last three years made much progress on cases 003 and 004,
Mark Harmon from the US is the fourth judge to quit so far - and another blow for troubled tribunal probing atrocities of 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.
Sem Hoeurn is one of a number of witnesses to describe the secretive Khmer Rouge regime from the inside.
Pheng Pong-Rasy said public forums are conducted at a larger level, educating the young and acting as catharsis for regime survivors.
Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO school, that was founded in 1994 by nine young men who were refugees during Khmer Rouge, and has helped hundreds of vulnerable Cambodian children and adults from poverty.
The tribunal has so far only completed one full trial since 2006, but is has spent about $200 million.
“Pamina Devi,” inspired by Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” is the story of feuding between a queen and a king, and the princess caught between them.
The exhibitions will run through October 2017 and are free and open to the public.