Witnesses describe horrors of forced marriages at KRT
In emotionally charged testimony at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, a witness revealed she was raped by her unit commander after refusing to consummate her forced marriage – a crime she had never disclosed before – while prominent transgender activist Sou Sotheavy testified through tears about being compelled to father a child.
The wrenching accounts came as the tribunal begins to examine the crime of forced marriage, the only charge stemming from the gender-based violence that occurred under the regime that the court is slated to try. Read full story.
Chea, Samphan life sentences upheld, though KRT ‘errors’ noted
Former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan sat impassive in the dock as the final verdict in Case 002/01 was handed down to them yesterday, in what was widely described as a “historic” moment for the Cambodian people and international law.
The two elderly defendants, who were initially convicted of crimes against humanity in 2014, yesterday had their appeals of those convictions rejected and their life sentences upheld by the Supreme Court Chamber at the Khmer Rouge tribunal. Read full story.
Staying Khmer Rouge Tribunal cases mulled
Legal action against former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of genocide could be halted by the end of June, tribunal sources reveal, ostensibly due to lack of funding – a claim analysts suspect could be masking government pressure.
In a confidential document issued on Friday – an official summary of which was obtained by The Post yesterday – the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s co-investigating judges said they were considering a “permanent stay on proceedings” due to a “lack of funding” in Case 003 against former alleged Naval Commander Meas Muth, Case 004 against Yim Tith and Case 004/02 against Ao An. Read full story.