(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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The first trial of the ECCC / Khmer Rouge tribunal—Case 001, that of Kaing Guek Eav (a.k.a. Comrade Duch)—begins on 17 February 2009. Eav was head warden for Tuol Sleng Prison – known as S-21 – which detained an estimated 12,000 prisoners.…

On 19 September 2007, the most senior ranking Khmer Rouge official, Nuon Chea – “Brother Number Two” – is arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.

Ta Mok, the highest-ranking Khmer Rouge general who was also known as “the Butcher,” dies of natural causes on 21 July 2006. He had been captured in 1999 by the Cambodian army and, at the time of his death, had been in government custody awaiting…

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United States orchestrates a repatriation agreement with Cambodia on 22 March 2002 to facilitate the deportation of Cambodian Americans. The U.S. had passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant…

On 2 January 2001, Cambodia’s National Assembly unanimously passes a law to create a court to try serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. After a lengthy series of negotiations between the Cambodian government and the United…

On 28 December 1998, Hun Sen stresses that the Khmer Rouge should be “welcomed with a bouquet of flowers” and that the country should begin the 21st-century with a “clean slate,” as two more high-ranking Khmer Rouge officials, Khieu Samphan…

On 26 July 1998, Hun Sen, via the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), wins the general election in Cambodia and become prime minister.

While under house arrest by Ta Mok, a senior Khmer Rouge military chief, Pol Pot dies of a heart attack on 15 April 1998, just as plans were being made to capture him and bring him to trial

Remaining Khmer Rouge members put Pol Pot on trial on 25 July 1997 and sentence him to life imprisonment. International observers condemn the trial as merely a show trial.

Ung Huot replaces Ranariddh as the first Prime Minister on 6 August 1997.
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