Cambodia, UN to set up offices for Khmer Rouge trials

[JURIST] Cambodia and the United Nations moved closer to beginning genocide trials for Khmer Rouge leaders with an announcement Friday that the UN-backed tribunal will begin setting up offices next month. A list of Cambodian and international candidates to serve as judges and prosecutors will be unveiled later in December. No former leader of the communist Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] regime, considered responsible for the genocide of the "killing fields" in Cambodia [Yale CGP backgrounder] after taking power in the 1970s, has ever faced trial. Funding for the trial had been an issue for Cambodia, one of Asia's poorest nations. International support was needed [JURIST report] to help get proceedings started. Reuters has more.

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