(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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On 5-6 July 1997, Hun Sen mounts a coup against Prince Ranariddh, who goes into exile in Paris. Many Fucinpec party members are shot or forced to flee following the coup. Ung Huot replaces Ranariddh as the first Prime Minister on 6 August 1997.

In the United States, Congress passes the “Cambodian Genocide Justice Act” (22 U.S. Code §2656, Sec. 571-574) on 30 April 1994, which provides funding for a Cambodian Genocide Program at Yale University. Eventually, this organization becomes the…

On 17 September 1996, the Cambodian government extends amnesty to Ieng Sary, and thousands more Khmer Rouge members defect.

After Cambodia adopts the Law on the Outlawing of the Democratic Kampuchea Group on 7 July 1994, thousands of Khmer Rouge begin surrendering and seek amnesty from Cambodia’s government. The six-month amnesty period officially ended on 7 January…

General elections are held in Cambodia on 28 May 1993, and the royalist Funcinpec Party wins a plurality of governmental seats. Funicinpec’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh becomes prime minister and forms a coalition government with Hun Sen’s Cambodian…

After the remaining warring parties in Cambodia sign the Paris Peace Accords on 23 October 1991, the UN authorizes the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), a peacekeeping operation which officially deploys on 15 March 1992. The…

On 26 September 1989, the last Vietnamese troops withdraw from Cambodia.

On 14 January 1985, Hun Sen becomes Cambodia’s prime minister, but the Khmer Rouge continue to embark on a guerrilla warfare campaign in-country, prompting even more Cambodians to flee the country.

The Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Party (KPRP)–a pro-Vietnamese party–wins parliamentary elections in the People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) on 1 May 1981. The international community, guided by the United States’s postwar…

In the 1980s, with no infrastructure, faced with poverty and famine, 510,000 Cambodians flee to neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. Almost 150,000 Cambodian refugees, aided by the passage of the 1980 Refugee Act, find asylum in the United States.
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