Denial of Khmer Rouge Atrocities to Become a Crime

A verdict in the genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea (pictured) and Khieu Samphan has been scheduled for November 16, 2018.

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Cambodia’s political parties are pushing boundaries in their quest for votes during the lead-up to the July 28 elections. Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned of war if his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) fails to win at the polls, monks are being gagged after making political comments. There is even talk about Facebook being shut down ahead of election day.

The opposition has not fared much better with Kem Sokha, acting president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), claiming that S-21, the torture and extermination camp from where at least 12,000 people were sent to their mass, unmarked graves, was a Vietnamese conspiracy.

Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat.

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