Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Khmer Rouge

Describing Disappearances, Tribunal Witness Breaks Down

Sa Siek, who had worked for the regime’s information ministry and an “art unit,” was describing the disappearances of several colleagues when she began crying.

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Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Proceedings at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal were halted briefly on Thursday, after a witness and former regime cadre broke down on the stand.

Sa Siek, who had worked for the regime’s information ministry and an “art unit,” was describing the disappearances of several colleagues when she began crying.

“Cars came and took them,” she said. “I never knew where they went.”

When she was unable to continue her testimony, judges called a 10-minute recess.

“She has had terrific emotion when there were questions about consecutive disappearances of her colleagues,” judge Nil Nonn said later.

Sa Siek’s testimony is coinciding with the half-day testimonies of Suong Sikoeun, a former official in the regime’s foreign ministry, who described the roles of current government ministers Hor Namhong and Keat Chhon in the Khmer Rouge. His testimony is set to resume.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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