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Video: Latest Khmer Rouge Trial Underway in Cambodia, But Will There be More?




"Khmer Rouge Legacy." Skulls at Choeung Ek Memorial, outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (NewportPreacher/Flickr)

"Khmer Rouge Legacy." Skulls at Choeung Ek Memorial, outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (NewportPreacher/Flickr)

Case 002 of the Khmer Rouge tribunals began Monday in Phnom Penh, finally bringing four Khmer Rouge leaders to justice "on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed more than three decades ago."

But a Case 003 might not happen as top investigators have decided against pushing for further action, potentially allowing many alleged war criminals to walk free. Earlier this month, four foreign members of the United Nations-backed Cambodian tribunal's legal staff walked out in protest, saying the decision was an affront to the 1.7 million people who died during the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 to 1979.

In the following video, Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Associate Fellow John Ciorciari discusses this contentious topic. (1 min., 54 sec.)

Watch Ciorciari's overview of the Khmer Rouge tribunal here.

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