Should the International Community Continue Supporting the Khmer Rouge Tribunal?
A few weeks ago, the Cambodian government of prime minister Hun Sen arrested Kem Sokha, the head of the country’s main opposition party, and charged him with treason. Sen moved to dissolve the party itself, which holds 55 seats in Cambodia’s 123-seat National Assembly. This effectively turns Cambodia into a one-party state under Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge guerilla who has dominated Cambodian politics for more than three decades.
The international community now faces a dilemma over its continued support for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the tribunal set up with United Nations support to try former senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Cambodians from 1975 to 1979.
In a recent panel discussion, experts talked about the latest developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, possibilities for keeping the remaining cases on track, and prospects for doing so in a deteriorating political environment.