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Khmer Rouge 'First Lady' detained

Khmer Rouge 'First Lady' detained | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cambodia's genocide court says Ieng Thirith, regarded as the Khmer Rouge's First Lady, must be held in detention, overruling an earlier decision.
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Khmer Rouge No. 2 gives insight to his role in Cambodia's 'killing fields'

Khmer Rouge No. 2 gives insight to his role in Cambodia's 'killing fields' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nuon Chea, the deputy leader of the Khmer Rouge regime blamed for 1.7 million deaths in Cambodia's 'killing fields' told the tribunal today that he carried out its policies to protect the country.
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Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, December 14, 2014 12:49 AM

Some may wonder what the point is to put these near dead men on trial for their roles in the Cambodian Genocide 25+ years after it happened.  Many mention that they are about to die anyway so why waste the time and money on taking them to court.  There is not one simple answer to this question.  People that lived through this or had parents that went through this want to see these men get what they deserve.  Some people such as researchers want to know their side of the story, their thoughts on what they did and why they did it, to get a better understanding of the genocide as a whole.  Some may simply be looking for an apology, something that without this publicity these men are receiving, may never have happened.  In this case the number two in command of the Cambodian Genocide notes that he was doing what he did for his country.  He was trying to get away from being a slave to other countries.  He was also scared that Vietnam was going to take over his country, wipe Cambodia off the face of the planet.  He felt that what he was doing was in the best interest of his country and that is what people are looking to find out. 

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Khmer Rouge 'were not bad people'

Khmer Rouge 'were not bad people' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pol Pot's deputy tells a court the Khmer Rouge were not "bad people", blaming deaths of Cambodians under the Maoist regime on Vietnam...
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