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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.

Sam Sithy testifies during appeal hearings at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Friday. (ECCC)
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.

Man Who Slapped Schoolgirl Claims He Has Mental Illness

A man who entered a Phnom Penh high school and slapped a teenager who had been fighting with his daughter told the municipal court on Friday that he was mentally ill and had lied about working at the Council of Minis­ters, hoping it would protect him.

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

Shacking Up

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.

Land and Sea

Chef Sebastien Rubis’ signature dish, ‘Meat of the Sea’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Chef Sebastien Rubis of The Plantation hotel in Phnom Penh holds the philosophy that no matter how many elements there are on a plate, there should be a common thread running through them.

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Protesters scuffle with government security guards during their attempt to march to the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to demonstrate against a proposed law that would regulate NGOs and associations. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Police, Guards Block Marches Against NGO Law

Phnom Penh City Hall made good on its promise to stop a set of planned protest marches Tuesday against a draft law aiming to regulate the country’s NGOs, deploying hundreds of security guards and police around the capital to stop the demonstrators in their tracks.

A Vietnamese soldier stands alongside Vietnamese civilians who brawled with Cambodian activists in Svay Rieng province on Sunday. (Ma Chettra)

CNRP, Svay Rieng Officials Spar Over Border Trip

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday defended a CNRP lawmaker who was reportedly attacked by Vietnamese civilians during a trip to a disputed patch of the border in Svay Rieng province, while provincial authorities said that the trip was provocative and violated the “culture of dialogue.”

Women dressed as doves dance during a celebration to mark the CPP's 64th anniversary at the ruling party's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Sunday. (Pring Samrang/Reuters)

CPP Celebrates 64 Years Since Communist Birth

With the release of dozens of white doves, the CPP on Sunday closed its annual celebration of the 1951 founding of the Khmer People’s Revolutionary Party, which it considers its own birth, with leaders telling of their roles in Cambodia’s independence and the downfall of Pol Pot.

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