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Khmer Rouge Victims Urge Tribunal To Consider Reparations

Survivors from Khmer Rouge's main prison and regime victims gather together to greet the officials of war crime tribunal in a former Khmer Rouge S-21 prison, known as Tuol Sleng, now a genocide museum, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
PHNOM PENH - Victims of the Khmer Rouge on Wednesday urged the UN-backed tribunal to decide on their reparation requests, as closing statements of a second case at the court began.

Victims are asking for a memorial stupa and a national holiday, Pich Ang, a lawyer for civil party complainants, told the court Wednesday.

More than 3,800 victims have been accepted as civil party claimants in Case 002, against aging leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who are accused of atrocity crimes, including genocide. That case has been broken down into “mini-cases,” the first of which has been completed.

Thirty-one victims were selected to testify in the latest small case, called Case 002/1, which covers crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge during the evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975.