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The Khmer Rouge Tribunal, three years on

As Cambodia seeks retribution for decades-old atrocities, the habits of a corrupt judiciary prove hard to shake

By Max Shapira   April 2012

A Khmer Rouge prison survivor receives a copy of the Duch-verdict, August 2010. He is one of only a handful survivors from the S21 prison where at least 12,273 people were tortured and executed. Photo: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia for less than four years, but by the time they were defeated in 1979 by a Vietnamese invasion, up to two million Cambodians had been shot, tortured, bludgeoned or starved to death. Despite the extent of these atrocities, justice for Cambodia has been slow. Years of negotiations between the UN…

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