In a stunning first for the UN-backed tribunal, jailed Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea stood before the court and claimed responsibility for the atrocities, destruction and damage wrought on Cambodians by the brutal regime. Nuon Chea, known as Brother No. 2, is 86 years old and had to be helped to stand by a security guard. He spoke before a number of civil party trial participants who were victims of the regime and have been testifying this week. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh police dispersed a protest with water canons from three separate fire trucks on Wednesday, after failing to negotiate with housing rights protesters. At least one person was knocked unconscious and several others were injured. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
As more and more young Cambodians log on and use social media, technology is becoming an important source of change in the country, experts say. Cambodia has seen an explosion in the use of online and mobile technology, particularly social media platforms like Facebook. Participants of a recent technology workshop in Phnom Penh say this has made them more informed than ever. Tin Savetey, a university student, says she has become better informed online. “I can know information from around the world and learn about what is happening and in which country, via social media,” she said. Technology experts say social media is helping a lot of Cambodians like Tin Savetey share information with the public. Especially young people. (Kun Chenda, Phnom Penh)