Establishing Rule of Law
Rouge Reign of Terror
BY LARRY TEITELBAUM
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Laura Conn saw a country in recovery. She heard heart-rending
tales of murdered family members, witnessed the shelled remains
of buildings, and sat through unintended mock trials.
Welcome to Cambodia, post-Khmer Rouge.
Nearly three decades after despotic rulers razed the countryside
and killed a quarter of the population, Laura arrived in
Cambodia in time for the Khmer Rouge tribunals. As Laura explains,
up to a dozen people will be tried for their crimes. But
more important, the tribunal will establish an historical record
of the atrocities committed and she hopes move the country toward
a respect for the rule of law.