Link: Landmark Khmer Rouge trial starts

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.

About Mandy Southgate

Mandy Southgate is an accountant living and working in London. She is passionate about world events such as genocide and apartheid and has a desire to understand how these events continue to occur in the modern world. With a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, A Passion to Understand reflects her continuing research and reading on these topics.
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  1. This is kinda what Holiday in Cambodia is all about :)

  2. Oh, yeah. I know that and I know about the film (and novel) The Killing Fields. But I didn't know many of the details. It's like someone read 1984 (which I just happen to be reading) and went, "what a fabulous idea!"


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