For 30 years since the demise of the Khmer Rouge regime, in which one-quarter of Cambodia’s population perished, its victims waited for justice. This past July, a UN-backed tribunal found Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as Duch, a former prison warden of the Khmer Rouge, guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes for overseeing the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners.
"Cambodia: A Quest for Justice," from the UNTV series 21st Century, tells the emotional story of two men: one who lost his wife and children and survived torture; the other, the head of a notorious Rouge prison, who was found guilty by the tribunal. Join us for a fascinating and haunting look inside the first case heard by this unique court, followed by an in-depth discussion about the broader significance of the trial.
Event copresented by Open Society Foundations, the Asia Society, and the UN Foundation.
Susan Farkas, Chief, Radio and Television Service, United Nations
Heather Ryan, Monitor for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, International Justice Program, Open Society Justice Initiative
Sichan Siv, Former US Ambassador to the UN, and Author, Golden Bones
Benny Widyono, UN-Secretary-General’s Representative in Cambodia (1994-97), and Author, Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge and the United Nations in Cambodia
Film: Cambodia: A Quest for Justice
Khmer Rouge Tribunal Legacy Hinges on Final Cases Press Release November 10, 2010 High-level war crimes cases should be tried by the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, rather than transferred to local courts, said a report released today by the Open Society Justice Initiative.