The Khmer Rouge started over 30 years ago yet leaders of the Khmer Rouge are just now being convicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Khmer Rouge was in power for years and only few countries helped Cambodia in their time of need. Different countries helped in different ways, some countries set up refugee camps other countries went to war. Without help of these countries who knows how much longer the Cambodian people would have suffered through the Khmer Rouge's rein of power.
The United Nations helped the Royal Government of Cambodia establish the Extraordinary Chambers in the Camps of Cambodia (ECCC) a court made specifically to convict the leaders of the Khmer Rouge for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ECCC took years to establish they had to find judges from different countries. SInce it took years to establish the courts and reach a sentence most of the leaders of the Khmer Rouge died. The ECCC was mainly established to create justice for the victims of the Cambodian genocide in 1975. Another reason the court came to be was to give the victims support and to educate the nation about genocides and the effect it can have on nations. The Victim Support Section (VSS) provides victims with legal representation and psychiatric help for victims providing key testimony. Germany has donated in total 1.9 million euros to the VSS. Inside the ECCC there is also the Defense Support Section (DSS) is responsible for providing a list of lawyers that can hang represent them. The DSS also acts as a voice for the accused in the media and makes sure they get fair trial rights. Kang Kik Lew was the first of five Khmer Rouge leaders to be brought in front of the trial his trial was concluded on November 27, 2010 he was sentenced to 35 years of imprisonment. Four other Khmer Rouge leaders have been on trial and convicted some responsible for millions of peoples deaths.
In 1975 Vietnam began to interfere with the Khmer Rouge and their attempt to change Cambodia for the worse. Even though Vietnam helped push the Khmer Rouge out of Cambodia there intentions were not pure. They did not really care about the Cambodian people Vietnam just wanted control of more land. In our book Alive in the Killing Fields the main character, Mop stays at refugee camp in Cambodia run by Vietnam soldiers and he mentions how life at the camp wasn't much better and Vietnam didn't want people to leave because they didn't want other countries that Cambodian people aren't happy in Vietnam camps. The war ended in 1989 and Vietnam drove away the Khmer Rouge being a big help to the Cambodian people.
The United States didn't play as big of a role as Vietnam but America did help the Cambodian people for the right reasons. The United States set up camps in Thailand for anyone who escaped from the Khmer Rouge, event though the their camps weren't very good. Cambodian people who lived at their camps only got a chicken every two weeks and a bag of rice once a month. But the United States also helped Cambodian people escape from their terrible experience setting up sponsors from all over the world. They gave people places to live and a free plane ride there. The United States gave Khmer Rouge victims a chance to start over and live the rest of their life free from the Khmer Rouge with nothing to worry about except what their going to do in their new country.
The Lhmer Rouge did a terrible thing for years but without the help and support of all these countries and organizations who knows how much longer the cambodian people would have had to suffered. Event hough not all the countries that helped did it for the right reasons, they still took a stand for a country that needed it. Some countries may have been more influential in the defeat of the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian people did get lots of help after and during the struggle of beating this genocide.
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