The Cambodia Daily

KR Tribunal Judge Resigns Amid Police Inaction

Mark Harmon, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s international co-investigating judge, announced Tuesday that he was stepping down from his position following almost a year of inaction by judicial police in executing arrest warrants in two government-opposed cases.

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son, center, sits across from Var Kimhong, Cambodia's minister in charge of border affairs, during a meeting at the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son, center, sits across from Var Kimhong, Cambodia's minister in charge of border affairs, during a meeting at the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Gov’t Silent After First Day of Border Meeting

Var Kimhong, the CPP government’s minister in charge of border affairs, declined to speak with reporters Tuesday after hosting Vietnam’s deputy foreign minister for the first Joint Border Committee meeting since the opposition CNRP began a campaign to uncover Vietnamese territorial encroachments.

Chhay Vet, center, and other alleged members of the Khmer National Liberation Front leave the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday after the first day of their 'plotting' trial. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Trial Begins for Alleged KNLF Members Accused of ‘Plotting’

Two alleged members of the Khmer National Liberation Front—a political advocacy group seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling CPP—were denied bail on Tuesday as the Phnom Penh Municipal Court began its trial of the pair and eight others arrested in October on accusations of “plotting.”

Protesters Demand Release of CNRP Activists in Siem Reap

About 100 people protested outside the Siem Reap provincial headquarters in Siem Reap City on Tuesday to demand the release of two opposition CNRP activists who were arrested and charged Monday with inciting a brawl last month that left seven injured, police said.

Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, sits during the first public hearing regarding his case at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on November 20, 2007. (John Vink)
Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, sits during the first public hearing regarding his case at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on November 20, 2007. (John Vink)

Trying Guilt

“The truth is a hard thing to articulate, let alone take responsibility for…” So says Thierry Cruvellier in his book, “The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer,” a depiction of Kaing Guek Eav—better known by the alias Duch—and a gripping account of Duch’s 2009 trial.

Shacking Up

A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)

Perched on stilts 2 meters off the ground, a bamboo hut stands out amid homes of unpainted wood. A sarong, a belt and a pair of boxer shorts hang out to dry over the porch railings. This isn’t your average bachelor pad. In these hills of Ratanakkiri, indigenous Kreung tribes traditionally build a girl or boy their own hut when they come of age.

Dr. Ngor’s Killing Fields

Haing Ngor on the set of ‘The Killing Fields’ (Haing S. Ngor Foundation)

On February 28, 1996, Haing Ngor, a Khmer Rouge survivor who found fame in his Oscar-winning role in “The Killing Fields,” was gunned down behind his house in Los Angeles. Two years later, three members of the “Oriental Lazy Boyz” gang were found guilty of killing the doctor-turned-actor during a botched robbery.

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CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun, left, speaks to a Radio Free Asia reporter at the National Assembly on Wednesday as CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An looks on. (Ren Rortanak)

Spat Between Lawmakers Continues

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun wrote to National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Thursday to complain that CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An broke the parliament’s rules by attempting to be interviewed while Mr. Vun himself was being interviewed.

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Government Denies Using Wrong Border Map

Var Kimhong, chairman of Cambodia’s Joint Border Committee, called a press conference Thursday to counter claims from the opposition that he will not release the government’s maps of the country’s border with Vietnam because they were drawn by the Vietnamese in the 1980s.

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Witness Tells Tribunal of Surviving Massacre

As appeal hearings continued on Friday against the guilty verdicts handed down to Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in the first phase of Case 002, the son of a former Lon Nol soldier told the Khmer Rouge tribunal how he played dead among corpses massacred for their links to the U.S.-backed regime.

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