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Cambodia Refuses to Seat Swiss Judge at Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says Cambodia is refusing to permit a Swiss investigating judge to take his place on the tribunal trying suspected Khmer Rouge war crimes. A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday the U.N. has been formally notified of Cambodia’s decision not to appoint Swiss magistrate Laurent Kasper-Ansermet to the court. The […]

Bird Flu Deaths Reported in Vietnam, Cambodia

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese duck farmer has become the first person to die of bird flu in Vietnam in nearly two years, while another death from the disease was reported in neighboring Cambodia. Vietnamese officials said Thursday the 18-year-old farmer from the southern Mekong delta died after reporting a high fever and respiratory problems. Investigators have not […]

US War Crimes Expert to Advise Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading American war crimes expert has been named to advise the international tribunal trying former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed David Scheffer as the U.N. “Special Expert” to advise the panel, which is currently trying the top three surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. Scheffer, who served as ambassador […]

Monitors: Latest Judge Conflict Hampers Justice

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Khmer Rouge tribunal monitors say a conflict between two judges at the United Nations-backed court will hamper the pursuit of cases against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Clair Duffy, a tribunal monitor for the Open Society Justice Initiative, said the rare public exchange highlights obstacles facing the court that need to be addressed by the broader […]

Cambodian FM Proposes Prisoner Swap with Thailand

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Cambodia says it would consider repatriating two Thai nationalists jailed on espionage charges, if the Thai government requests and agrees to a prisoner swap. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong made the offer public Thursday at a joint news conference in Phnom Penh with his Thai counterpart Surapong Tovichakchaikul. “I told Mr. Surapong that if (the) […]

Pitsuwan: ASEAN Members Look Forward to Cambodia’s Chairmanship

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, says Cambodia can rely on the support and cooperation of its neighbors as it prepares to take over the chairmanship of the regional bloc at the end of the month. Analysts say Phnom Penh will have to juggle a variety of challenges, including ASEAN’s […]

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Tribunal Rules Ailing Khmer Rouge Defendant to Remain in Custody

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Cambodia’s United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal has ruled that a Khmer Rouge defendant earlier ruled unfit to stand trial should remain in detention to see if her mental condition improves. The court’s highest appeal body on Tuesday reversed last month’s decision by junior judges to unconditionally release 79-year-old defendant Ieng Thirith, who faces an array […]

US, Cambodian Military Units Launch SE Asian Maneuvers

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A large force of U.S. sailors and Marines has joined with Cambodian troops in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance exercises near the capital, Phnom Penh, and the deepwater port of Sihanoukville. The U.S. embassy in the capital said the weeklong exercises, which began Monday, include medical and mass casualty drills, platoon maneuvers and a blood […]

Cambodia Opens China-Funded Hydro-Electric Dam

Posted December 7th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Energy-starved Cambodia has opened its largest hydro-electric dam to date, a multi-million dollar China-funded project that has drawn praise from the Phnom Penh government and criticism from environmentalists. Prime Minister Hun Sen and a host of dignitaries witnessed the start of operations Wednesday at the 194-megawatt dam on the Kamchay river in southern Kampot province. […]

Ex-Leader: Khmer Rouge Not ‘Bad People’

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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  The former number two leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime is denying responsibility for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people during the 1970s, insisting that he and his comrades were not “bad people.” Nuon Chea’s testimony came Monday in a packed courtroom in Phnom Penh, as a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal […]

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