(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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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…

As war between France and Vietnam escalates, the Viet Minh’s People’s Army of Vietnam invades the northeastern part of the French Protectorate of Laos on 12 April 1953. This provides the opportunity for the Pathet Lao to establish a "resistance…

While awaiting a verdict on his case before the ECCC / Khmer Rouge tribunal, Ieng Sary dies on 13 March 2013, at age 87.

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.

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

Norodom Sihanouk becomes prime minister of Cambodia on 15 September 1955 after his political organization, Sangkum, wins 83% of the votes in a national election.

Deliberations begin for Case 002 at the ECCC / Khmer Rouge tribunal, which involves Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan (Khmer Rouge Foreign Prime Minister), Ieng Sary (Khmer Rouge Deputy Prime Minister), and Ieng Thirith (Khmer Rouge Minister of Culture/Social…

On 16 September 2012, Ieng Thirith is deemed unfit to stand trial at the ECCC / Khmer Rouge tribunal due to her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

On 17 April 1975, Khmer Rouge forces roll into the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, signaling the start of the Cambodian genocide, or what many outside Cambodia know as the “Killing Fields” era. The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot (Saloth Sar), rename…

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.…
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