30 years after the fall of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, the UN-backed trial of a former Khmer Rouge leader has begun in Cambodia.
The Khmer Rouge was a communist, Maoist party that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 under the leadership of Pol Pot. They set up a radical form of agrarian communism where city dwellers were forced to leave cities and work on farms. Their murderous regime resulted in genocide - between 850 000 and 1.5 million people died from execution, torture, forced work or starvation, representing between 20 to 25% of the total population.
I know very little about Cambodia and intend to rectify this immediately. I never knew that justice had not been done for 30 years.