Khmer Rouge Trial
In 2005, a new criminal court called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, was established to try the senior leaders of Democratic Kampuchea and those held most responsible for the atrocities committed. Pre-trial hearings started later in 2007 with trials expected to start at the end of 2008.
The KRT is one of only a few hybrid criminal courts in the world where local legal officials and foreign jurists work together. Its primary goals are to promote the rule of law, provide justice for the victims of Democratic Kampuchea, and foster reconciliation. However, this can only be achieved when diverse and comprehensive survivor participation is sought and encouraged. In a society where so many Cambodians continue to struggle with the aftermath of their country's violent past, and where many criminals still hold positions of governmental authority, such a trial is likely to excite feelings of anger, humiliation and hatred among the regime's surviving victims.
Khmer Rouge Tribunal
International Press about the Process: