Former chief of infamous Cambodia execution site confesses to fatal burning US prisoners in 1970s.
An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.
Some $260 million has been spent on the proceedings since 2006, with only one defendant, Duch, receiving a full sentence for his charges of crimes against humanity.
“At the end when Uncle Nuon ordered me to destroy all human beings from S-21, I was very shocked and could not do anything. I was sick the day that the Vietnamese arrived,” Duch told the court. “I was very scared.”
Though the Khmer Rouge has been gone for decades, many victims have not recovered from the pain of losing their family and their loved ones decades ago.
Duch, who oversaw the torture and execution of more than 15,000 people at the prison, became the first Khmer Rouge official to be found guilty of crimes during the reign of the regime.
More than four years since his last appearance at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Kaing Guek Eav, the
Sok Udom said that in international relations “there is no eternal enemy or eternal friend.”
Located on the Thai-Cambodian border, Anlong Veng was one of the main redoubts of the Khmer Rouge after their regime was toppled in January 1979.
It serves as a reminder of the regime’s use of rail transport in its attempts to force Cambodians into the leadership’s vision of the country as an agrarian utopia.
The Armenian Genocide took place between 1915 and 1923, when about 1.5 million people are believed to have died at the hands of the Ottoman government in what is now Turkey.
The 46th Annual May 4 Commemoration, is held to remember four students who were fatally shot by Ohio National Guard troops just days after Nixon announced armed intervention in Cambodia.