Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of War Crimes, Jailed for Life
Published on Aug 11, 2014 by Luke Hunt
Surviving henchmen of Pol Pot guilty of crimes against humanityWritten by Luke Hunt for The DiplomatA full bench of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has found Pol Pot’s surviving henchmen guilty of crimes against humanity, and sentenced them to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.udge Nil Nonn said a bench of international and Cambodian judges had found Nuon Chea, 88, and Khieu Samphan, 83 guilty of murder, extermination, and an array of other criminal charges partially in regards to the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975.Similar criminal charges involving a second phase of forced population movement between September 1975 and late 1977 and the slaughter of soldiers, bureaucrats and their families from....
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Pol Pot's Chief Henchmen Face Genocide
Published on Aug 3, 2014 by Luke Hunt
Charges of genocide have been pressed against surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge by prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) as the tribunal enters its eighth year with further prosecutions in sight.Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat.
Khmer Rouge Tribunal Gears Up for Next Round
Published on Apr 8, 2014 by Luke Hunt
The Trial Chamber at the Khmer Rouge tribunal has outlined its strategy for Case 002/02, which will see additional charges laid against surviving leaders of Pol Pot’s regime, blamed for the deaths of up to 2.2 million people between April 1975 and early 1979.Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat. .
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The Killing Fields; the Search for Justice
Published on Mar 26, 2014 by Luke Hunt
For eight years, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal has attempted to find some kind of justice for those who died under Pol Pot’s ruthless regime, with some success, and at times fought a difficult battle against its detractors.As Communications Officer for the Extraordinary Chambers for the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC), Lars Olsen is charged with disseminating information and handling perceptions of the proceedings. He spoke with The Edge Review’s correspondent Luke Hunt.The Edge Review: Your native Norway is a long way from Cambodia. Why did you decide to move here and take-up the position as Communications Officer with the ECCC?Olsen: All over the world people have heard about the killing fields in Cambodia. When you get a chance to participate in....
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Thai Troubles Spoil Southern Peace Talks
Published on Feb 27, 2014 by Luke Hunt
The violent political upheavals in Bangkok have all but scuttled efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in the south where about 6,000 lives have already been lost from an independence rebellion waged by Islamic militants.Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat..
Sultanate Warns Fresh Conflict in Sabah
Published on Jan 26, 2014 by Luke Hunt
Supporters of Filipino claims over North Borneo are again threatening to send armed men to the East Malaysian state of Sabah if Kuala Lumpur refuses to negotiate with Manila, raising fears of a repeat of the violence that erupted there almost a year ago.Read more from Luke Hunt at The Diplomat..
Philippine Navy Adds to Regional Arms Build-Up
Published on Jan 24, 2014 by Luke Hunt
The Philippine navy hopes to add two more warships to its fleet as Southeast Asian countries continue to expand their militaries in response to the Chinese government’s increasingly assertive territorial ambitions in the South China Sea, also known as the West Philippine Sea.Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat..
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Getting the Free Syrian Army on Message
Published on Nov 9, 2013 by Luke Hunt
By LUKE HUNT / IstanbulIn an up-market hotel tucked away in Cihangir, the bohemian quarter of Istanbul, sits a barrel-chested American known to a few in media circles for his work in 30 countries. His name is a guarded secret and his job as a media advisor has included senior brass in the United States military, militants and jihadists.He knows his business and avoids industry cliché’s and buzz words while opting for a minimalist approach. His clients are not journalists nor are they media savvy. Nearly all are difficult, activists in some shape or form and his latest mission is no exception, it’s the Free Syrian Army (FSA).“It is about communications and messages,” he said after a brisk early morning....
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Afghanistan: Politics and Football add Fresh Meaning to 9/11
Published on Oct 3, 2013 by Luke Hunt
This article first appeared in The Edge ReviewBy LUKE HUNT / KabulThe sound of gunfire rang out across Kabul. Mobs were rampaging through the streets. Foreign and Afghan troops, fearing the capital was under attack, reached for their guns as civilians scampered for cover.It was September 11, the 12th anniversary of the al-Qaeda strikes on New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, and across Afghanistan security was tight and tensions high.The mood quickly brightened when troops realized their reaction was misguided. While bombings and firefights were being reported from the countryside, Kabul was not under attack – it was a false alarm. Afghanistan had just defeated old rivals India 2-0, winning the South Asia Football Federation Championship.Such a victory was unprecedented....
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The Philippines: Counting the Costs in Zamboanga
Published on Sep 30, 2013 by Luke Hunt
In the Philippines, authorities are counting the costs of the damage inflicted by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) following its pointless raid on Zamboanga in the country’s troubled south and the lengths to which the emergency services had to go, to protect the innocent.Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat..
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