A man cleans a skull near a mass grave at the Chaung Ek torture camp run by the Khmer Rouge. The last surviving leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that brutally ruled Cambodia in the 1970s were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal. Photo: AP

Was Cambodia’s US$300 million Khmer Rouge tribunal worth it?

  • After nine years, the UN-assisted tribunal has convicted just three people for the communist group’s killing of 1.7 million people
  • Critics say it did not accomplish any of the established goals of reconciliation, symbolic justice and combating impunity
  • But some say the court has made a huge contribution to helping the world and Cambodians better understand what occurred during the regime
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A man cleans a skull near a mass grave at the Chaung Ek torture camp run by the Khmer Rouge. The last surviving leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that brutally ruled Cambodia in the 1970s were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal. Photo: AP
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