Cambodia's 1975-79 Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] regime was responsible for the deaths of over 1.7 million people from genocide, disease and malnutrition. The ECCC was created to investigate and prosecute instances of human rights violations by a 2001 agreement between Cambodia and the UN. Prosecutors are expected to indict about 10 defendants, including Kang Khek Leu [Trial Watch profile] and other surviving top Khmer Rouge leaders. Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has accused the Cambodian government of obstructing the trials [JURIST report] by interfering in the rule-making process. AP has more.
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