Cambodian group calls for evidence against Khmer Rouge regime Chris Buell at 10:00 AM ET
[JURIST] A Cambodian group gathering evidence of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge government [Wikipedia article] has appealed to governments worldwide for more evidence that can be used in the trials of former leaders. Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia [official website], said requests for information had been sent to 42 embassies of countries that either maintained embassies in Cambodia during the regime or monitored events from neighboring countries. Chhang said the embassies had been requested to search their archives and declassify materials that can be used by the Extraordinary Chambers, the UN-backed tribunal that is expected to try six former Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity. Legal proceedings have been threatened by lack of funding [JURIST report], lack of information and the age of the former leaders, who are now mostly in their 70s. Some of the former leaders continue to live freely in Cambodia. Yale University's Cambodia Genocide Program [official website] has more information on the Khmer Rouge government. AFP has more.
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