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John Ciorciari pens op-ed about Khmer Rouge trials, "Justice for the Khmer Krom"

John D. Ciorciari

John D. Ciorciari

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In an op-ed appearing in AsiaViews, John Ciorciari discusses the controversial decision by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to not charge members of the Khmer Rouge regime with crimes against humanity against the Khmer Krom people. Four Khmer Rouge leaders will instead face charges of genocide against Cambodia's Cham Muslim and ethnic Vietnamese minorities. This decision, according to Ciorciari’s op-ed, is partly based on a technicality that can be easily fixed. According to Ciorciari, "Bypassing the Khmer Krom case would deny this important and courageous community a sense of justice."