Why has it taken so long to bring to trial those alleged to be responsible for the crimes committed in the Khmer Rouge period?

Posted Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:05 / Updated Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:11

History shows that it is very difficult to put people on trial while a war is still in progress. Cambodia first approached the United Nations for assistance to conduct a trial in 1997. Once the civil war ended in 1998, the Royal Government and the UN worked together towards implementing a new type of mixed national-international tribunal. It took some time to work out the details for this new type of court. The court was established by a law of the Cambodian National Assembly in 2001 and an agreement between the Royal Government and the UN signed in 2003 set out the parameters of the international cooperation.