Giving a speech at the handover ceremony of the former building of Khmer Rouge tribunal to the Royal Cambodian Army on 28 December 2022, His Excellency HUN Manet, deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, said that it is not only the handover ceremony, but also a testament of the complete closure of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’ proceeding. The place, where the Cambodian Government handed over part of this military base to serve for the Khmer Rouge trial since 2006, will be turned from a place of justice to a place of resumption of national defense. He added that the light of justice from the 16 year-processing trial is a turning point in the dark history of the Cambodian people, the victims of a brutal regime, as well as for humanity as a whole.
Having a chance to learn and see the real prosecution on senior Khmer Rouge leaders and the most responsible for the grave crimes committed during the Kampuchea Democratic Regime will provide Cambodian people and especially younger generations to understand and remembrance about a tragedy that must not be happened again, both in Cambodia and in the world, Lt. Gen. added.
His Excellency Lt. Gen. Hun Manet also congratulates for the success of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, a brilliant achievement under the wise leadership and vision of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Head of the Royal Government of Cambodia, together with the efforts of the working group led by the late Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, H.E. DPM Bin Chhin as well as the participation of the international community through the United Nations by ensuring both respect for national sovereignty and international standards of justice. These are the contributions to the benefits of justice that ensures the maintenance of peace, national unity, and the repair of vital psychological reparation for victims and their families, as well as to prevent it from not to happen once again as the tragedy that Cambodia suffered between 1975-1979.
At the same time, HE Lt. Gen. Hun Manet praises and thanks all the actors who participated in this historic mission, including judges, prosecutors, lawyers, legal officers, and leaders of the office of administrative, both national and international, who have strived to fulfil their roles and responsibilities with high will and responsibility. The success of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, can also be considered a common success for all, including the Cambodian people, the Royal Government of Cambodia, the United Nations and the entire international community.
Source: Royal Cambodia Army
Photos by: Long David