Second Khmer Rouge trial opens in Cambodia

Khmer Rouge trial

The landmark trial of three surviving Khmer Rouge leaders has opened in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, on Monday by a UN-backed tribunal.

It's the second case to be brought to trial by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia or ECCC.

The surviving leaders are being charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and torture for atrocities, committed over 30 years ago across Cambodia.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has welcomed the news, according to Martin Nesirky, the Secretary-General's spokesperson.

"Navi Pillay also welcomed the opening today of a landmark trial of three top Khmer Rouge leaders in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). She emphasized the need for vigilance to ensure the rights of victims in cases before the tribunal are respected. Despite the progress marked by the start of this second trial, the High Commissioner noted the tribunal continues to face challenges, particularly with regard to the need to safeguard the integrity of its proceedings".
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It is estimated that around 1.7 million people lost their lives between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia, under the regime of Democratic Kampuchea led by Pol Pot.

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