While pressure has been mounting on the Khmer Rouge tribunal to pursue more cases, former Khmer Rouge cadre in the former stronghold of Anlong Veng say they are uneasy with a prospect of more arrests. As a resident here in Anlong Veng district in northwestern Cambodia, Um Mek said he had always wanted to see former Khmer Rouge leaders held accountable for atrocities committed under their rule. So, the father of three daughters says, it is the right thing to do to have brought the leaders of the regime to face justice. “The Khmer Rouge leaders then did the wrongdoings, so they must now be brought to trial.” Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue; Khieu Samphan, the nominal head of state; and Ieng Sary, the foreign minister, are currently on trial by the Khmer Rouge tribunal for atrocity crimes including genocide. (Say Mony, Oddar Meanchey province)
Phnom Penh's first full skateboard park is tucked away on the grounds of a children's charity on the edges of the city. It's here that a group called "Skateistan Cambodia" provides gear and lessons and for some of the country;s youngest skateboard pioneers. VOA's Irwin Loy took a look and talked to Steve Tierney, one of the "Skateistan" volunteers. Her e's Tierney story in his own words:
More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world are meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference, including Cambodian officials who want to share their experience fighting the disease. Mean Chhivun, chairman of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, said Cambodia still needs to provide better access to treatment and prevention services, while people need to advise their sexual partners of their activities and encourage blood tests. “These are the two main points,” he told VOA Khmer. “We have to do more.” (Men Kimseng, Washington)
The global AIDS community concluded its biennial meeting this Friday with a clear sense that the end of the AIDS epidemic is possible with sustained financial, political, and scientific commitment. Kimseng Men reports from the conference.