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The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
(/kəˈmɛər ˈruːʒ/, French: [kmɛʁ ʁuʒ], "Red Khmers"; Khmer: ខ្មែរក្រហម Khmer Kror-Horm) was the name given to Cambodian (Khmer) communists (rouge, French for red) and later the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea
Communist Party of Kampuchea
in Cambodia
Cambodia
who infamously carried out the Cambodian genocide. The Khmer Rouge's army was slowly built up in the jungles of Eastern Cambodia
Cambodia
during the late 1960s and was supported by the North Vietnamese army, the Viet Cong, and the Pathet Lao. The Khmer Rouge won the Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian Civil War
when, in 1975, they captured the Cambodian capital and overthrew the government of the Khmer Republic. Following their victory, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Son Sen, and Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan
installed a government called the Democratic Kampuchea
Democratic Kampuchea
and immediately set about forcibly depopulating the country's cities, murdering hundreds of thousands of their perceived political opponents and carrying out the Cambodian genocide in which 1.5 to 3 million people (around 25% of Cambodia's population) died. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
regime was highly autocratic, xenophobic, paranoid, and repressive. The genocide was under the guise of the Khmer Rouge enforcing its social engineering policies.[1] Its attempts at agricultural reform led to widespread famine, while its insistence on absolute self-sufficiency, even in the supply of medicine, led to the death of thousands from treatable diseases such as malaria. Part of the purification included numerous genocides of Cambodian minorities. Arbitrary executions and torture were carried out by its cadres against perceived subversive elements, or during genocidal purges[2] of its own ranks between 1975 and 1978. The regime was removed from power in 1979 when Vietnam invaded Cambodia
Cambodia
and quickly destroyed most of the Khmer Rouge's army. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
then fled to Thailand
Thailand
whose government saw them as a buffer force against the Communist Vietnamese. The Khmer Rouge continued to fight the Vietnamese and the new People's Republic of Kampuchea
Kampuchea
government during the Cambodian–Vietnamese War
Cambodian–Vietnamese War
which ended in 1991. The Cambodian governments-in-exile (including the Khmer Rouge) held onto Cambodia's UN seat (with considerable international support) until 1993, when the monarchy was restored and the country's name was changed to the Kingdom of Cambodia. A year later, thousands of Khmer Rouge guerrillas surrendered themselves in a government amnesty. In 1996, a new political party, the Democratic National Union Movement, was formed by Ieng Sary, who was granted amnesty for his role as the deputy leader of the Khmer Rouge.[3] The organization (Khmer Rouge) was largely dissolved by the mid-1990s, and finally surrendered completely in 1999.[4] In 2014, two Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leaders, Nuon Chea
Nuon Chea
and Khieu Samphan, were jailed for life by a UN-backed court, which found them guilty of crimes against humanity for their roles in the Khmer Rouge's genocidal campaign.

Contents

1 Name history 2 Ideology 3 Origins

3.1 Early history 3.2 Paris student group

4 Path to power and reign

4.1 KPRP Second Congress 4.2 Sihanouk and the GRUNK 4.3 Foreign involvement

5 The regime

5.1 Rulers 5.2 Life under the Khmer Rouge 5.3 Language reforms 5.4 Crimes against humanity

5.4.1 Number of deaths

6 Fall

6.1 Place in the United Nations 6.2 Ramifications of Vietnamese victory

7 Memorialization

7.1 Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Cambodia
(ECCC) 7.2 Museums 7.3 Publications 7.4 Dialogues 7.5 Media coverage

8 Historic legacy 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

12.1 Other online sources 12.2 Genocide 12.3 Uncategorized

Name history[edit] The term "Khmers rouges", French for "Red Khmers", was coined by Cambodian head of state Norodom Sihanouk[5] and later adopted by English speakers (in the form of the corrupted version 'Khmer Rouge'). It was used to refer to a succession of communist parties in Cambodia which evolved into the Communist Party of Kampuchea
Communist Party of Kampuchea
(CPK) and later the Party of Democratic Kampuchea. The organization was also known as the Kampuchea
Kampuchea
or Khmer Communist Party and the National Army of Democratic Kampuchea.[6] Ideology[edit] The Khmer Rouge's ideology combined elements of Marxism
Marxism
with an extreme version of Khmer nationalism
Khmer nationalism
and xenophobia. It combined an idealization of the Angkor Empire
Angkor Empire
(802–1431), with an existential fear for the existence of the Cambodian state, which had historically been liquidated during periods of Vietnamese and Siamese intervention.[7] The spillover of Vietnamese fighters from the Vietnam War further aggravated anti-Vietnamese sentiments. The Khmer Rouge explicitly targeted the Chinese, the Vietnamese, and even their partially Khmer offspring for extinction; although the Cham Muslims were treated unfavorably, they were encouraged to "mix flesh and blood", to intermarry and assimilate. Some people with partial Chinese or Vietnamese ancestry were present in the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leadership; they either were purged or participated in the ethnic cleansing campaigns.[8]

Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
bullet holes left at Angkor Wat temple

The Khmer Rouge's social policy focused on working towards a purely agrarian society. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
strongly influenced the propagation of this policy. He was reportedly impressed with how the mountain tribes of Cambodia
Cambodia
lived, which the party interpreted as a form of primitive communism; as a result, those minorities received more lenient and sometimes even more favorable treatment than the urbanized "bourgeois" Chinese and Vietnamese.[8] Pol Pot
Pol Pot
wanted to remove social institutions and transform the society into an agrarian one. This was his way of "[creating] a complete Communist society without wasting time on the intermediate steps," as the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
said to China
China
in 1975.[9] The evacuation of the cities disproportionately affected Chinese and Vietnamese who were not accustomed to agricultural work, and therefore segregated from Khmers in labor camps, and forbidden from speaking their own language.[8] Democratic Kampuchea
Democratic Kampuchea
was an atheist state, but Buddhist influences still persisted.[10] All religions were banned, and the repression of adherents of Islam,[11] Christianity,[12] and Buddhism
Buddhism
was extensive. Nearly 25,000 Buddhist monks were massacred by the regime.[13] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
officially renounced communism in 1981, following the Cambodian-Vietnamese war in which they saw support from the United States.[14][15] Origins[edit] Early history[edit] The history of the communist movement in Cambodia
Cambodia
can be divided into six phases: the emergence of the Indochinese Communist Party
Indochinese Communist Party
(ICP), whose members were almost exclusively Vietnamese, before World War II; the 10-year struggle for independence from the French, when a separate Cambodian communist party, the Kampuchean (or Khmer) People's Revolutionary Party (KPRP), was established under Vietnamese auspices; the period following the Second Party Congress of the KPRP in 1960, when Saloth Sar ( Pol Pot
Pol Pot
after 1976) and other future Khmer Rouge leaders gained control of its apparatus; the revolutionary struggle from the initiation of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
insurgency in 1967–68 to the fall of the Lon Nol
Lon Nol
government in April 1975; the Democratic Kampuchea regime, from April 1975 to January 1979; and the period following the Third Party Congress of the KPRP in January 1979, when Hanoi effectively assumed control over Cambodia's government and communist party.[16] In 1930, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
founded the Communist Party of Vietnam
Communist Party of Vietnam
by unifying three smaller communist movements that had emerged in northern, central, and southern Vietnam during the late 1920s. Almost immediately, the party was renamed the Indochinese Communist Party (ICP), ostensibly so it could include revolutionaries from Cambodia and Laos. Almost without exception, all of the earliest party members were Vietnamese. By the end of World War II, a handful of Cambodians had joined its ranks, but their influence on the Indochinese communist movement as well as their influence on developments within Cambodia was negligible.[17] Viet Minh
Viet Minh
units occasionally made forays into Cambodian bases during their war against the French, and, in conjunction with the leftist government that ruled Thailand
Thailand
until 1947, the Viet Minh
Viet Minh
encouraged the formation of armed, left-wing Khmer Issarak
Khmer Issarak
bands. On April 17, 1950 (25 years to the day before the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
captured Phnom Penh), the first nationwide congress of the Khmer Issarak
Khmer Issarak
groups convened, and the United Issarak Front was established. Its leader was Son Ngoc Minh, and a third of its leadership consisted of members of the ICP. According to the historian David P. Chandler, the leftist Issarak groups, aided by the Viet Minh, occupied a sixth of Cambodia's territory by 1952; and, on the eve of the Geneva Conference, they controlled as much as one half of the country.[18] In 1951, the ICP was reorganized into three national units — the Vietnam Workers' Party, the Lao Issara, and the Kampuchean (or Khmer) People's Revolutionary Party (KPRP). According to a document issued after the reorganization, the Vietnam Workers' Party
Vietnam Workers' Party
would continue to "supervise" the smaller Laotian and Cambodian movements. Most KPRP leaders and rank-and-file seem to have been either Khmer Krom, or ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia. The party's appeal to indigenous Khmers appears to have been minimal.[19][better source needed] According to Democratic Kampuchea's perspective of party history, the Viet Minh's failure to negotiate a political role for the KPRP at the 1954 Geneva Conference
1954 Geneva Conference
represented a betrayal of the Cambodian movement, which still controlled large areas of the countryside and which commanded at least 5,000 armed men. Following the conference, about 1,000 members of the KPRP, including Son Ngoc Minh, made a "Long March" into North Vietnam, where they remained in exile.[17] In late 1954, those who stayed in Cambodia
Cambodia
founded a legal political party, the Pracheachon Party, which participated in the 1955 and the 1958 National Assembly elections. In the September 1955 election, it won about four percent of the vote but did not secure a seat in the legislature.[20] Members of the Pracheachon were subject to constant harassment and to arrests because the party remained outside Sihanouk's political organization, Sangkum. Government attacks prevented it from participating in the 1962 election and drove it underground. Sihanouk habitually labelled local leftists the Khmer Rouge, a term that later came to signify the party and the state headed by Pol Pot, Ieng Sary, Khieu Samphan, and their associates.[16] During the mid-1950s, KPRP factions, the "urban committee" (headed by Tou Samouth), and the "rural committee" (headed by Sieu Heng), emerged. In very general terms, these groups espoused divergent revolutionary lines. The prevalent "urban" line, endorsed by North Vietnam, recognized that Sihanouk, by virtue of his success in winning independence from the French, was a genuine national leader whose neutralism and deep distrust of the United States made him a valuable asset in Hanoi's struggle to "liberate" South Vietnam.[21] Advocates of this line hoped that the prince could be persuaded to distance himself from the right wing and to adopt leftist policies. The other line, supported for the most part by rural cadres who were familiar with the harsh realities of the countryside, advocated an immediate struggle to overthrow the "feudalist" Sihanouk.[22] Paris student group[edit] During the 1950s, Khmer students in Paris with KN as their leader organized their own communist movement, which had little, if any, connection to the hard-pressed party in their homeland. From their ranks came the men and women who returned home and took command of the party apparatus during the 1960s, led an effective insurgency against Lon Nol
Lon Nol
from 1968 until 1975, and established the regime of Democratic Kampuchea.[23] Pol Pot, who rose to the leadership of the communist movement in the 1960s, was born in 1928 (some sources say 1925) in Kampong Thum Province, northeast of Phnom Penh. He attended a technical high school in the capital and then went to Paris in 1949 to study radio electronics (other sources say he attended a school for printers and typesetters and also studied civil engineering). Described by one source as a "determined, rather plodding organizer", he failed to obtain a degree, but according to the Jesuit
Jesuit
priest, Father François Ponchaud, he acquired a taste for the classics of French literature
French literature
as well as an interest in the writings of Karl Marx.[24] Another member of the Paris student group was Ieng Sary, a Chinese-Khmer born in 1925 in South Vietnam. He attended the elite Lycée Sisowath in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
before beginning courses in commerce and politics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (more widely known as Sciences Po) in France. Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan
was born in 1931 and specialized in economics and politics during his time in Paris.[citation needed] Hou Yuon was born in 1930 and studied economics and law. Son Sen, born in 1930, studied education and literature; Hu Nim, born in 1932, studied law.[25] Two members of the group, Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan
and Hou Yuon, earned doctorates from the University of Paris; Hu Nim obtained his degree from the University of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
in 1965. Most came from landowner or civil servant families. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and Hou Yuon may have been related to the royal family. An older sister of Pol Pot
Pol Pot
had been a concubine at the court of King Monivong. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and Ieng Sary
Ieng Sary
married Khieu Ponnary and Khieu Thirith (also known as Ieng Thirith), purportedly relatives of Khieu Samphan. These two well-educated women also played a central role in the regime of Democratic Kampuchea.[26] A number turned to orthodox Marxism-Leninism. At some time between 1949 and 1951, Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and Ieng Sary
Ieng Sary
joined the French Communist Party. In 1951, the two men went to East Berlin
East Berlin
to participate in a youth festival. This experience is considered to have been a turning point in their ideological development. Meeting with Khmers who were fighting with the Viet Minh
Viet Minh
(and whom they subsequently judged to be too subservient to the Vietnamese), they became convinced that only a tightly disciplined party organization and a readiness for armed struggle could achieve revolution. They transformed the Khmer Students Association (KSA), to which most of the 200 or so Khmer students in Paris belonged, into an organization for nationalist and leftist ideas.[27] Inside the KSA and its successor organizations, there was a secret organization known as the Cercle Marxiste (Marxist circle). The organization was composed of cells of three to six members with most members knowing nothing about the overall structure of the organization. In 1952 Pol Pot, Hou Yuon, Ieng Sary, and other leftists gained notoriety by sending an open letter to Sihanouk calling him the "strangler of infant democracy." A year later, the French authorities closed down the KSA. In 1956, however, Hou Yuon and Khieu Samphan helped to establish a new group, the Khmer Students Union. Inside, the group was still run by the Cercle Marxiste.[27] The doctoral dissertations written by Hou Yuon and Khieu Samphan express basic themes that were later to become the cornerstones of the policy adopted by Democratic Kampuchea. The central role of the peasants in national development was espoused by Hou Yuon in his 1955 thesis, The Cambodian Peasants and Their Prospects for Modernization, which challenged the conventional view that urbanization and industrialization are necessary precursors of development.[28] The major argument in Khieu Samphan's 1959 thesis, Cambodia's Economy and Industrial Development, was that the country had to become self-reliant and end its economic dependency on the developed world. In its general contours, Khieu's work reflected the influence of a branch of the "dependency theory" school,[citation needed] which blamed lack of development in the Third World
Third World
on the economic domination of the industrialized nations.[29] Path to power and reign[edit] KPRP Second Congress[edit] After returning to Cambodia
Cambodia
in 1953, Pol Pot
Pol Pot
threw himself into party work. At first he went to join with forces allied to the Viet Minh operating in the rural areas of Kampong Cham Province
Kampong Cham Province
(Kompong Cham). After the end of the war, he moved to Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
under Tou Samouth's "urban committee" where he became an important point of contact between above-ground parties of the left and the underground secret communist movement.[30] His comrades, Ieng Sary
Ieng Sary
and Hou Yuon, became teachers at a new private high school, the Lycée Kambuboth, which Hou Yuon helped to establish. Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan
returned from Paris in 1959, taught as a member of the law faculty of the University of Phnom Penh, and started a left-wing, French-language publication, L'Observateur. The paper soon acquired a reputation in Phnom Penh's small academic circle. The following year, the government closed the paper, and Sihanouk's police publicly humiliated Khieu by beating, undressing and photographing him in public—as Shawcross notes, "not the sort of humiliation that men forgive or forget".[31] Yet the experience did not prevent Khieu from advocating cooperation with Sihanouk in order to promote a united front against United States activities in South Vietnam. As mentioned, Khieu Samphan, Hou Yuon, and Hu Nim were forced to "work through the system" by joining the Sangkum and by accepting posts in the prince's government.[17] In late September 1960, twenty-one leaders of the KPRP held a secret congress in a vacant room of the Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
railroad station. This pivotal event remains shrouded in mystery because its outcome has become an object of contention (and considerable historical rewriting) between pro-Vietnamese and anti-Vietnamese Khmer communist factions.[17] The question of cooperation with, or resistance to, Sihanouk was thoroughly discussed. Tou Samouth, who advocated a policy of cooperation, was elected general secretary of the KPRP that was renamed the Workers' Party of Kampuchea
Workers' Party of Kampuchea
(WPK). His ally, Nuon Chea (also known as Long Reth), became deputy general secretary; however, Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and Ieng Sary
Ieng Sary
were named to the Political Bureau to occupy the third and the fifth highest positions in the renamed party's hierarchy. The name change is significant. By calling itself a workers' party, the Cambodian movement claimed equal status with the Vietnam Workers' Party. The pro-Vietnamese regime of the People's Republic of Kampuchea
Kampuchea
(PRK) implied in the 1980s that the September 1960 meeting was nothing more than the second congress of the KPRP.[17] On July 20, 1962, Tou Samouth was murdered by the Cambodian government. In February 1963, at the WPK's second congress, Pol Pot was chosen to succeed Tou Samouth as the party's general secretary. Tou's allies, Nuon Chea
Nuon Chea
and Keo Meas, were removed from the Central Committee and replaced by Son Sen
Son Sen
and Vorn Vet. From then on, Pol Pot and loyal comrades from his Paris student days controlled the party centre, edging out older veterans whom they considered excessively pro-Vietnamese.[32] In July 1963, Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and most of the central committee left Phnom Penh to establish an insurgent base in Ratanakiri
Ratanakiri
Province in the northeast. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
had shortly before been put on a list of 34 leftists who were summoned by Sihanouk to join the government and sign statements saying Sihanouk was the only possible leader for the country. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and Chou Chet were the only people on the list who escaped. All the others agreed to cooperate with the government and were afterward under 24-hour watch by the police.[27] Sihanouk and the GRUNK[edit] See also: Cambodian Civil War The region where Pol Pot
Pol Pot
and the others moved to was inhabited by tribal minorities, the Khmer Loeu, whose rough treatment (including resettlement and forced assimilation) at the hands of the central government made them willing recruits for a guerrilla struggle. In 1965, Pol Pot
Pol Pot
made a visit of several months to North Vietnam
North Vietnam
and China.[27] Pol Pot
Pol Pot
received some training in China, which had enhanced his prestige when he returned to the WPK's "liberated areas". Despite friendly relations between Norodom Sihanouk
Norodom Sihanouk
and the Chinese, the latter kept Pol Pot's visit a secret from Sihanouk. In September 1966, the party changed its name to the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK).[citation needed] The change in the name of the party was a closely guarded secret. Lower ranking members of the party and even the Vietnamese were not told of it and neither was the membership until many years later. The party leadership endorsed armed struggle against the government, then led by Sihanouk. In 1967, several small-scale attempts at insurgency were made by the CPK but they had little success.[citation needed] In 1968, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
was officially formed and its forces launched a national insurgency across Cambodia. Though North Vietnam
North Vietnam
had not been informed of the decision, its forces provided shelter and weapons to the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
after the insurgency started. Vietnamese support for the insurgency made it impossible for the Cambodian military to effectively counter it. For the next two years the insurgency grew as Sihanouk did very little to stop it. As the insurgency grew stronger, the party finally openly declared itself to be the Communist Party of Kampuchea
Kampuchea
(CPK).[27] The political appeal of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
was increased as a result of the situation created by the removal of Sihanouk as head of state in 1970. Premier Lon Nol, with the support of the National Assembly, deposed Sihanouk. Sihanouk, in exile in Beijing, made an alliance with the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
and became the nominal head of a Khmer Rouge–dominated government-in-exile (known by its French acronym, GRUNK) backed by China. The Nixon administration, although thoroughly aware of the weakness of Lon Nol's forces and loath to commit American military force to the new conflict in any form other than air power, announced its support for the newly proclaimed Khmer Republic.[33] On 29 March 1970, the North Vietnamese launched an offensive against the Cambodian army. Documents uncovered from the Soviet archives revealed that the invasion was launched at the explicit request of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
following negotiations with Nuon Chea.[34] A force of North Vietnamese quickly overran large parts of eastern Cambodia reaching to within 15 miles (24 km) of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
before being pushed back. By June, three months after the removal of Sihanouk, they had swept government forces from the entire northeastern third of the country. After defeating those forces, the North Vietnamese turned the newly won territories over to the local insurgents. The Khmer Rouge also established "liberated" areas in the south and the southwestern parts of the country, where they operated independently of the North Vietnamese.[35] After Sihanouk showed his support for the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
by visiting them in the field, their ranks swelled from 6,000 to 50,000 fighters. Many of the new recruits for the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
were apolitical peasants who fought in support of the King, not for communism, of which they had little understanding.[36] Sihanouk's popular support in rural Cambodia allowed the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
to extend its power and influence to the point that by 1973 it exercised de facto control over the majority of Cambodian territory, although only a minority of its population. Many people in Cambodia
Cambodia
who helped the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
against the Lon Nol government thought they were fighting for the restoration of Sihanouk. By 1975, with the Lon Nol
Lon Nol
government running out of ammunition, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before the government would collapse. On April 17, 1975 the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
captured Phnom Penh. Foreign involvement[edit] Further information: Operation Menu
Operation Menu
and Operation Freedom Deal The relationship between the massive carpet bombing of Cambodia
Cambodia
by the United States and the growth of the Khmer Rouge, in terms of recruitment and popular support, has been a matter of interest to historians. Some historians have cited the U.S. intervention and bombing campaign (spanning 1965–1973) as a significant factor leading to increased support of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
among the Cambodian peasantry.[37] However, Pol Pot
Pol Pot
biographer David P. Chandler argues that the bombing "had the effect the Americans wanted – it broke the Communist encirclement of Phnom Penh".[38][39] Peter Rodman
Peter Rodman
and Eric Lind claimed that the US intervention saved the Lon Nol
Lon Nol
regime from collapse in 1970 and 1973.[40][41] Craig Etcheson agreed that it was "untenable" to assert that US intervention caused the Khmer Rouge victory while acknowledging that it may have played a small role in boosting recruitment for the insurgents.[42] William Shawcross, however, wrote that the US bombing and ground incursion plunged Cambodia
Cambodia
into the chaos that Sihanouk had worked for years to avoid.[43] The North Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, launched at the request of the Khmer Rouge,[44] has also been cited as a major factor in their eventual victory, including by Shawcross.[45] Communist Vietnam later admitted that it played "a decisive role" in their seizure of power.[46] China
China
"armed and trained" the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
during the civil war and continued to aid them for years afterward.[47] The UN sided with the CGDK, which included the Khmer Rouge, against the Vietnamese-backed People's Republic of Kampuchea.[citation needed] The regime[edit] Main articles: Democratic Kampuchea
Democratic Kampuchea
and Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
rule of Cambodia Rulers[edit] The leadership of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
remained largely unchanged from the 1960s to the mid-1990s. The leaders were mostly from middle-class families and had been educated at French universities.[48] The Standing Committee of the Khmer Rouge's Central Committee during its period of power consisted of:

Pol Pot
Pol Pot
(Saloth Sar) (died 1998), "Brother number 1", General Secretary from 1963 until his death, effectively the leader of the movement Nuon Chea
Nuon Chea
(Long Bunruot), "Brother number 2", Prime Minister, arrested in 2007, high status made him Pol Pot's "righthand man", sentenced to life in prison on 7 Aug 2014 Ieng Sary
Ieng Sary
(Pol Pot's brother-in-law) (died in custody awaiting trial for genocide, March 14, 2013), "Brother number 3", Deputy Prime Minister, arrested in 2007 Khieu Samphan, "Brother number 4", President of Democratic Kampuchea, arrested in 2007, sentenced to life in prison on 7 Aug 2014 Ta Mok
Ta Mok
(Chhit Chhoeun) (died July 21, 2006), "Brother number 5", Southwest Regional Secretary, final Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leader, died in custody awaiting trial for genocide Son Sen
Son Sen
(died 1997), "Brother number 89", Defense Minister, Superior of Kang Kek Iew. Assassinated on Pol Pot's orders for treason. Yun Yat (died 1997) Ke Pauk (died 2002), "Brother number 13", former secretary of the Northern zone Ieng Thirith, (died 2015) arrested in 2007, sister-in-law of Pol Pot, former Social Affairs Minister, deemed unfit to stand trial due to dementia in 2012.[49]

Life under the Khmer Rouge[edit] In power, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
carried out a radical program that included isolating the country from all foreign influences, closing schools, hospitals, and factories, abolishing banking, finance, and currency, outlawing all religions, confiscating all private property and relocating people from urban areas to collective farms where forced labour was widespread. The purpose of this policy was to turn Cambodians into "Old People" through agricultural labour.[27] In Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
and other cities, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
told residents that they would be moved only about "two or three kilometers" outside the city and would return in "two or three days". Some witnesses say they were told that the evacuation was because of the "threat of American bombing" and that they did not have to lock their houses since the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
would "take care of everything" until they returned. People who refused to evacuate would have their homes burned to the ground and would be killed immediately. The evacuees were sent on long marches to the countryside, which killed thousands of children, elderly people, and sick people.[50] These were not the first evacuations of civilian populations by the Khmer Rouge; similar evacuations of populations without possessions had been occurring on a smaller scale since the early 1970s.[50] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
attempted to turn Cambodia
Cambodia
into a classless society by depopulating cities and forcing the urban population ("New People") into agricultural communes. The entire population was forced to become farmers in labour camps. Cambodians were expected to produce three tons of rice per hectare; before the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
era, the average was only one ton per hectare. The total lack of agricultural knowledge by the former city dwellers made famine inevitable. Rural dwellers were often unsympathetic or too frightened to assist them. Such acts as picking wild fruit or berries were seen as "private enterprise" and punished by death. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
forced people to work for 12 hours non-stop, without adequate rest or food. These actions resulted in massive deaths through executions, work exhaustion, illness, and starvation. They did not believe in Western medicine but turned to traditional medicine instead; because of the famine, forced labour, and the lack of access to appropriate services there was a high number of human losses.[50] Commercial fishing was banned by the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
in 1976,[51] resulting in a loss of primary food sources for millions of Cambodians, 80% of whom rely on fish as their only source of animal protein.[52] Money was abolished and books were burned. Teachers, merchants, and almost the entire intellectual elite of the country were murdered to make Pol Pot's vision of agricultural communism a reality. The planned relocation to the countryside resulted in the complete halting of almost all economic activity: even schools and hospitals were closed, as well as banks, industrial and service companies. Banks were raided and all currency and records were destroyed by fire thus eliminating any claim to funds.[53]

Rooms of the Tuol Sleng Genocide
Genocide
Museum contain thousands of photos taken by the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
of their victims.

During their four years in power, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
overworked and starved the population, at the same time executing selected groups who they believed were enemies of the state or spies, or had the potential to undermine the new state. People who they perceived as intellectuals or even those who had stereotypical signs of learning, such as glasses, would also be killed. People would also be executed for attempting to escape from the communes or for breaching minor rules. If caught, offenders were taken quietly off to a distant forest or field after sunset and killed.[54] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
actively persecuted Buddhists during their reign from 1975 to 1979.[55] The repression of adherents of Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism
Buddhism
was extensive. And according to Kiernan, the "fiercest extermination campaign was directed against the ethnic Cham Muslim minority".[56] The regime massacred nearly 25,000 Buddhist monks.[13] Family relationships not sanctioned by the state were also banned, and family members could be put to death for communicating with each other. Married couples were only allowed to visit each other on a limited basis. If people were seen being engaged in sexual activity, they would be killed immediately. Almost all freedom to travel was abolished. Almost all privacy was eliminated during the Khmer Rouge era. People were not allowed to eat in privacy; instead, they were required to eat with everyone in the commune. All personal utensils were banned, and people were given only one spoon to eat with. In many cases, family members were often relocated to different parts of the country with all postal and telephone services abolished.[50][57] Language reforms[edit] The Khmer language
Khmer language
has a complex system of usages to define speakers' rank and social status. During the rule of the Khmer Rouge, these usages were abolished. People were encouraged to call each other "friend" or "comrade" (មិត្ត; mitt), and to avoid traditional signs of deference such as bowing or folding the hands in salutation, known as samphea.[27] Language was also transformed in other ways. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
invented new terms. People were told to "forge" (lot dam) a new revolutionary character, that they were the "instruments" (ឧបករណ៍; opokar) of the ruling body known as "Angkar" (អង្គការ, "The Organization"), and that nostalgia for pre-revolutionary times (chheu satek arom, or "memory sickness") could result in execution. Also, rural terms like Mae (ម៉ែ; mother) replaced urban terms like Mak (ម៉ាក់; mother).[citation needed] Many Cambodians crossed the border into Thailand
Thailand
to seek asylum. From there, they were transported to refugee camps such as Sa Kaeo or Khao-I-Dang, the only camp allowing resettlement in countries such as the United States, France, Canada, and Australia. In some refugee camps, such as Site 8, Phnom Chat, or Ta Prik, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
cadres controlled food distribution and restricted the activities of international aid agencies.[58] Crimes against humanity[edit]

Skulls of Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
victims.

Remains of victims of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
in the Kampong Trach Cave, Kiry Seila Hills, Rung Tik (Water Cave), or Rung Khmao (Dead Cave).

The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
government arrested, tortured, and eventually executed anyone suspected of belonging to several categories of supposed "enemies",[27] including:

Anyone with connections to the former Cambodian government or with foreign governments. Professionals and intellectuals – in practice this included almost everyone with an education, people who understood a foreign language and even people who required glasses (which, according to the regime, meant that they spent too much time reading books instead of working). Pol Pot
Pol Pot
himself was an educated man with a taste for French literature and spoke fluent French. Many artists, including musicians, writers, and filmmakers were executed. Some like Ros Serey Sothea, Pan Ron, and Sinn Sisamouth
Sinn Sisamouth
gained posthumous fame for their talents and are still popular with Khmers today. Ethnic Vietnamese, ethnic Chinese, ethnic Thai, and other minorities in the Eastern Highlands, Cambodian Christians (most of whom were Catholic, and the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
in general), Muslims, and the Buddhist monks. The Roman Catholic cathedral of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
was razed. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
forced Muslims to eat pork, which they regard as forbidden (ḥarām). Many of those who refused were killed. Christian clergy and Muslim imams were executed. "Economic saboteurs" – many former urban dwellers were deemed guilty of sabotage due to their lack of agricultural ability.

The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
established over 150 prisons for political opponents, of which Tuol Sleng is the best known.[59] According to Ben Kiernan, "all but seven of the twenty thousand Tuol Sleng prisoners" were executed.[60] Examples of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
torture methods can be seen at the Tuol Sleng Genocide
Genocide
Museum. The museum occupies the former grounds of a high school turned prison camp that was operated by Khang Khek Ieu, more commonly known as " Comrade
Comrade
Duch", together with his subordinates Mam Nai and Tang Sin Hean. The buildings of Tuol Sleng have been preserved as they were left when the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
were driven out in 1979. Several of the rooms are now lined with thousands of black-and-white photographs of prisoners that were taken by the Khmer Rouge.[61] On 7 August 2014, when announcing convictions and handing down life sentences for two former Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leaders, Cambodian judge Nil Nonn said there were evidences of "a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population of Cambodia." He said the leaders, Nuon Chea, the regime's chief ideologue and former deputy to late leader Pol Pot, and Khieu Samphan, the former head of state, together in a "joint criminal enterprise" were involved in murder, extermination, political persecution and other inhumane acts related to the mass eviction of city-dwellers, and executions of enemy soldiers.[62] Number of deaths[edit] Modern research has located 20,000 mass graves from the Khmer Rouge era all over Cambodia. Various studies have estimated the death toll at between 740,000 and 3,000,000, most commonly between 1.4 million and 2.2 million, with perhaps half of those deaths being due to executions, and the rest from starvation and disease.[63] The Cambodian Genocide
Cambodian Genocide
Program at Yale University
Yale University
estimates the number of deaths at approximately 1.7 million (21% of the population of the country).[64] A UN investigation reported 2–3 million dead, while UNICEF
UNICEF
estimates that 3 million had been killed.[65] Demographic analysis by Patrick Heuveline suggests that between 1.17 and 3.42 million Cambodians were killed,[66] while Marek Sliwinski estimates that 1.8 million is a conservative figure.[67] Researcher Craig Etcheson of the Documentation Center of Cambodia
Cambodia
suggests that the death toll was between 2 and 2.5 million, with a "most likely" figure of 2.2 million. After five years of researching grave sites, he concluded that "these mass graves contain the remains of 1,386,734 victims of execution".[63] An additional 300,000 Cambodians starved to death between 1979 and 1980, largely as a result of the after-effects of Khmer Rouge policy.[68] Fall[edit] Main article: Cambodian–Vietnamese War

Photo images of the Ba Chúc massacre
Ba Chúc massacre
at a Vietnamese museum. The massacre was one of the events that prompted the 1978 Vietnamese invasion of Kampuchea.

On 18 April 1978, Pol Pot, fearing a Vietnamese attack, ordered a pre-emptive invasion of Vietnam. His Cambodian forces crossed the border and looted nearby villages, mostly in the border town of Ba Chúc. Of the 3,157 civilians who had lived in Ba Chúc,[69] only two survived the massacre. These Cambodian forces were repelled by the Vietnamese.[70] By December 1978, due to several years of border conflict and the flood of refugees fleeing Kampuchea, relations between Cambodia
Cambodia
and Vietnam collapsed. On 25 December 1978, the Vietnamese armed forces, along with the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, an organization that included many dissatisfied former Khmer Rouge members,[71] invaded Cambodia
Cambodia
and captured Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
on 7 January 1979. Despite a traditional Cambodian fear of Vietnamese domination, defecting Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
activists assisted the Vietnamese, and, with Vietnam's approval, became the core of the new People's Republic of Kampuchea; the new government was quickly dismissed by the Khmer Rouge and China
China
as a "puppet government".[70] At the same time, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
retreated west, and it continued to control certain areas near the Thai border for the next decade.[72] These included Phnom Malai, the mountainous areas near Pailin
Pailin
in the Cardamom Mountains, and Anlong Veng
Anlong Veng
in the Dângrêk Mountains.[73] These Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
bases were not self-sufficient and were funded by diamond and timber smuggling, by military assistance from China channeled by means of the Thai military, and by food smuggled from markets across the border in Thailand.[74] Place in the United Nations[edit] Despite its deposal, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
retained its United Nations seat, which was occupied by Thiounn Prasith, an old compatriot of Pol Pot and Ieng Sary
Ieng Sary
from their student days in Paris, and one of the 21 attendees at the 1960 KPRP Second Congress. The seat was retained under the name "Democratic Kampuchea" until 1982, and then under the name "Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea." Western governments voted in favor of the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea
Kampuchea
retaining Cambodia's seat in the organization over the newly installed Vietnamese-backed PRK, even though it included the Khmer Rouge. Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
stated: "So, you'll find that the more reasonable ones of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
will have to play some part in the future government, but only a minority part. I share your utter horror that these terrible things went on in Kampuchea."[75] Sweden
Sweden
on the contrary changed its vote in the U.N. and withdrew its support for the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
after a large number of Swedish citizens wrote letters to their elected representatives demanding a policy change towards Pol Pot's regime.[76] Ramifications of Vietnamese victory[edit] Vietnam's victory, supported by the Soviet Union, had significant ramifications for the region; the People's Republic of China
China
launched a punitive invasion of northern Vietnam and retreated (with both sides claiming victory). China, the U.S. and the ASEAN
ASEAN
countries sponsored the creation and the military operations of a Cambodian government-in-exile known as the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea
Kampuchea
which included, besides the Khmer Rouge, republican KPNLF and royalist ANS.[77] Eastern and central Cambodia
Cambodia
were firmly under the control of Vietnam and its Cambodian allies by 1980, while the western part of the country continued to be a battlefield throughout the 1980s and millions of landmines were sown across the countryside. The Khmer Rouge, still led by Pol Pot, was the strongest of the three rebel groups in the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea
Democratic Kampuchea
which received extensive military aid from China, Britain, and the United States and intelligence from the Thai military. Britain and the United States in particular gave aid to the two non- Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
members of the coalition.[78]

Photos of the victims of the Khmer Rouge.

In an attempt to broaden its support base, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
formed the Patriotic and Democratic Front of the Great National Union of Kampuchea
Kampuchea
in 1979. In 1981, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
went as far as to officially renounce Communism[73] and somewhat moved their ideological emphasis to nationalism and anti-Vietnamese rhetoric instead. However, some analysts argue that this change meant little in practice, because, as historian Kelvin Rowley puts it: "CPK propaganda had always relied on nationalist rather than revolutionary appeals."[76] Although Pol Pot
Pol Pot
relinquished the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leadership to Khieu Samphan in 1985, he continued to be the driving force behind the Khmer Rouge insurgency, giving speeches to his followers. Journalists such as Nate Thayer
Nate Thayer
who spent some time with the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
during that period commented that, despite the international community's near-universal condemnation of the Khmer Rouge's brutal rule, a considerable number of Cambodians in Khmer Rouge-controlled areas seemed genuinely to support Pol Pot.[79] While Vietnam proposed to withdraw from Cambodia
Cambodia
in return for a political settlement that would exclude the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
from power, the rebel coalition government, as well as ASEAN, China, and the US, insisted that such a condition was unacceptable.[73] Nevertheless, in 1985 Vietnam declared that it would complete the withdrawal of its forces from Cambodia
Cambodia
by 1990, and it did so in 1989, having allowed the government that it had installed there to consolidate its rule and gain sufficient military strength.[76] After a decade of inconclusive conflict, the pro-Vietnamese Cambodian government and the rebel coalition signed a treaty in 1991 calling for elections and disarmament. In 1992, however, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
resumed fighting, boycotted the election and, in the following year, rejected its results. It now fought the new Cambodian coalition government which included the former Vietnamese-backed Communists (headed by Hun Sen) as well as the Khmer Rouge's former non-Communist and monarchist allies (notably Prince Rannaridh). In July 1994 a "Provisional Government of National Union and National Salvation of Cambodia" was established by Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
authorities.[citation needed] There was a mass defection from the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
in 1996, when around half of its remaining soldiers (about 4,000) left. In 1997, a conflict between the two main participants in the ruling coalition caused Prince Rannaridh
Rannaridh
to seek support from some of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leaders, while refusing to have any dealings with Pol Pot.[76][79] This resulted in bloody factional fighting among the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leaders, ultimately leading to Pol Pot's trial and imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
died in April 1998. Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan
surrendered in December.[citation needed] On December 29, 1998, the remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologized for the 1970s genocide. By 1999, most members had surrendered or been captured. In December 1999, Ta Mok
Ta Mok
and the remaining leaders surrendered, and the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
effectively ceased to exist. Most of the surviving Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leaders live in the Pailin area or are hiding in Phnom Penh.[citation needed] Memorialization[edit] Cambodia
Cambodia
has gradually recovered, demographically and economically, from the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
regime, although the psychological scars affect many Cambodian families and émigré communities. It is noteworthy that Cambodia
Cambodia
has a very young population and by 2003 three-quarters of Cambodians were too young to remember the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
era. Nonetheless, their generation is affected by the traumas of the past.[80] Members of this younger generation may know of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
only through word of mouth from parents and elders. In part, this is because the government does not require that educators teach children about Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
atrocities in the schools.[81] However, Cambodia's Education Ministry started to teach Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
history in high schools beginning in 2009.[82][83] China
China
has defended its ties with the Khmer Rouge. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said, "[T]he government of Democratic Kampuchea
Democratic Kampuchea
had a legal seat at the United Nations, and had established broad foreign relations with more than 70 countries".[84] Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Cambodia
(ECCC)[edit] See also: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Kang Kek Iew
Kang Kek Iew
before the Cambodian Genocide
Cambodian Genocide
Tribunal on July 20, 2009.

The ECCC was established as a Cambodian court with international participation and assistance to bring to trial senior leaders and those most responsible for crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime.[85] It has been handling four cases since 2007.[85] ECCC's efforts for outreach toward both national and international audience include public trial hearings, study tours, video screenings, school lectures, and video archives on the web site.[citation needed] At present[when?], the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
Case trials are taking place, with the charges accusing the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
regime of genocide and crimes against humanity.[86] After claiming to feel great remorse for his part in Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
atrocities, Kaing Guek Eav
Kaing Guek Eav
(alias Duch), head of a torture centre from which 16,000 men, women and children were sent to their deaths, surprised the court in his genocide trial on November 27, 2009 with a plea for his freedom. His Cambodian lawyer, Kar Savuth, stunned the tribunal further by issuing the trial's first call for an acquittal of his client, even after his French lawyer denied seeking such a verdict.[87] On July 26, 2010, he was convicted and sentenced to thirty years. Many condemned the sentence as too lenient.[88] Theary Seng
Theary Seng
responded: "We hoped this tribunal would strike hard at impunity, but if you can kill 14,000 people and serve only 19 years – 11 hours per life taken – what is that? It's a joke." She also stated: "My gut feeling is this has made the situation far worse for Cambodia. It has taken a lot of faith out of the system and raised concerns of political interference."[89] Both Duch and the prosecution appealed against the verdict. In February 2012, Judge Kong Srim dismissed his appeal, saying that Duch's crimes were "undoubtedly among the worst in recorded human history" and deserved "the highest penalty available". He increased Duch's sentence to life imprisonment.[90] Public trial hearings in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
are open to the people of Cambodia over the age of 18 including foreigners.[91] In order to assist people's will to participate in the public hearings, the court provides free bus transportation for groups of Cambodians who want to visit the court.[91] Since the commencement of Case 001 trial in 2009 through the end of 2011, 53,287 people have participated in the public hearings.[85] ECCC also has hosted Study Tour Program to help villagers in rural areas understand the history of the Khmer Rouge regime. The court provides free transport for them to come to visit the court and meet with court officials to learn about its work, in addition to visits to the genocide museum and the killing fields.[92] ECCC also has visited village to village to provide video screenings and school lectures to promote their understanding of the trial proceedings.[85] Furthermore, trials and transcripts are partially available with English translation on the ECCC's website.[93] Museums[edit]

Skulls displayed in the memorial tower.

The Tuol Sleng Museum
Tuol Sleng Museum
of Genocide
Genocide
and Choeng Ek Killing Fields
Killing Fields
are two major museums to learn the history of the Khmer Rouge. The Tuol Sleng Museum
Tuol Sleng Museum
of Genocide
Genocide
is a former high school building, which was transformed into a torture, interrogation and execution center between 1976 and 1979.[94] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
called the center "S-21".[94] Of the estimated 15,000 to 30,000 prisoners,[95] only seven prisoners survived.[94] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
photographed the vast majority of the inmates and left a photographic archive, which enables visitors to see almost 6,000 S-21 portraits on the walls.[94] Visitors can also learn how the inmates were tortured from the equipment and facilities exhibited in the buildings. In addition, one of the seven survivors shares his story with visitors at the museum. The Choeng Ek killing fields are located about 15 kilometers outside of Phnom Penh.[96] Most of the prisoners who were held captive at S-21 were taken to the fields to be executed and deposited in one of the approximately 129 mass graves.[96] It is estimated that the graves contain the remains of over 20,000 victims.[96] After the discovery of the site in 1979, the Vietnamese transformed the site into a memorial and stored skulls and bones in an open-walled wooden memorial pavilion.[96] Eventually, these remains were showcased in the memorial's centerpiece stupa, or Buddhist shrine.[96] Publications[edit] The Documentation Center of Cambodia
Cambodia
(DC-Cam), an independent research institute,[61] published A History of Democratic Kampuchea
Democratic Kampuchea
1975 - 1979,[97] the nation’s first textbook on the history of the Khmer Rouge. [98] The 74-page textbook was approved by the government as a supplementary text in 2007.[99] The textbook is aiming at standardising and improving the information students receive about the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
years because the government-issued social studies textbook devotes eight or nine pages to the period.[99] The publication was a part of their genocide education project that includes leading the design of a national genocide studies curriculum with the Ministry of Education, training thousands of teachers and 1700 high schools on how to teach about genocide, and working with universities across Cambodia.[98] Youth for Peace,[100] a Cambodian NGO that offers education in peace, leadership, conflict resolution, and reconciliation to Cambodian's youth, published a book titled "Behind the Darkness:Taking Responsibility or Acting Under Orders?" in 2011. The book is unique in that, instead of focusing on the victims as most books do, it collects the stories of former Khmer Rouge, giving insights into the functioning of the regime and approaching the question of how such a regime could take place.[101] Dialogues[edit] While the tribunal contributes to the memorialization process at national level, some civil society groups promote memorialization at community level. The International Center for Conciliation (ICfC)[102] began working in Cambodia
Cambodia
in 2004 as a branch of the ICfC in Boston. ICfC launched the Justice and History Outreach (JHO) project in 2007 and has worked in villages in rural Cambodia
Cambodia
with the goal of creating mutual understanding and empathy between victims and former members of the Khmer Rouge.[103] Following the dialogues, villagers identify their own ways of memorialization such as collecting stories to be transmitted to the younger generations or building a memorial.[104] Through the process, some villagers are beginning to accept the possibility of an alternative viewpoint to the traditional notions of evil associated with anyone who worked for the Khmer Rouge regime.[103] Media coverage[edit] Radio National Kampuchea
Kampuchea
(RNK),[105] as well as private and NGO radio stations, broadcast programmes on the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
and trials.[106] ECCC has its own weekly radio program on RNK, which provides an opportunity for the public to interact with court officials and deepen their understanding of Cases.[107] Youth for Peace,[100] a Cambodian NGO that offers education in peace, leadership, conflict resolution, and reconciliation to Cambodian's youth, has broadcast the weekly radio program "You also have a chance" since 2009.[108] Aiming at preventing the passing on of hatred and violence to future generations, the program allows former Khmer Rouge to talk anonymously about their past experience.[108] All Cambodian television stations include regular coverage of the progress of the trials.[106] The following stations feature special programming:

Cambodian Television Network (CTN) (English/Khmer) maintains a special van at the court for live transmission of the proceedings.[106] National Television Kampuchea
Kampuchea
(TVK) (Khmer) Apsara TV (English/French/Khmer) targets viewers in Europe, Australia, and North America.[106]

International television stations such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, NHK, and Channel News Asia also cover the development of trials.[106] ECCC also uses various social media to update the development of the tribunal.[109] Historic legacy[edit]

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After taking power, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
leadership renamed the country Democratic Kampuchea. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
subjected Cambodia
Cambodia
to a radical social reform process that was aimed at creating a purely agrarian-based Communist society.[110] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
forced around two million people from the cities to the countryside to take up work in agriculture. They forced many people out of their homes and ignored many basic human freedoms; they controlled how Cambodians acted, what they wore, to whom they could talk, and many other aspects of their lives. Over the next three years, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
killed many intellectuals, city-dwellers, minority people, and many of their own party members and soldiers who were suspected of being traitors.[111] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
wanted to eliminate anyone suspected of "involvement in free-market activities". Suspected capitalists encompassed professionals and almost everyone with an education, many urban dwellers, and people with connections to foreign governments.[112] The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
believed that parents were tainted with capitalism, so they separated children from their parents, indoctrinated them in communism, and taught them torture methods with animals. Children were a "dictatorial instrument of the party"[113] and were given leadership in torture and executions.[1] One of their mottos, in reference to the New People (usually urban civilians), was: "To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss."[114] The philosophy of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
had developed over time. It started as a communist party[111] that was working together and searching for direction from the Vietnamese guerrillas who were fighting their own civil war.[115] The movement gained strength and support in the northeastern jungles and established firm footing when Cambodia's leader Prince Sihanouk was removed from office during a military coup in 1970. The former prince then looked to the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
for backing, and with the threat of civil war looming, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
were able to supplant the Lon Nol led Khmer Republic
Khmer Republic
in most of the Cambodian countryside.[116] After four years of rule, the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
regime was removed from power in 1979 as a result of an invasion by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and was replaced by moderate, pro-Vietnamese Communists. The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
survived into the 1990s as a resistance movement operating in western Cambodia
Cambodia
from bases in Thailand. In 1996, following a peace agreement, their leader Pol Pot
Pol Pot
formally dissolved the organization. Pol Pot
Pol Pot
died on 15 April 1998,[117] having never been put on trial.[118] See also[edit]

Cambodia
Cambodia
portal Communism
Communism
portal

Allegations of United States support for the Khmer Rouge Alive in the Killing Fields (book) Cambodian Civil War Cambodian genocide
Cambodian genocide
denial Killing Fields Cambodia
Cambodia
Tribunal Cham people Choeung Ek Cold War Command responsibility Crimes against humanity Crimes against humanity
Crimes against humanity
under Communist regimes Dap Prampi Mesa Chokchey                    

Democratic Kampuchea Dith Pran Genocides in history Stalinism Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Khmer Rouge Tribunal
(Court for Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
crimes, only five accused through this) Maoism Mass killings under Communist regimes Operation Menu S-21: The Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
Killing Machine Theary Seng, president of the Center for Cambodian Civic Education (CIVICUS) Totalitarianism Tuol Sleng Genocide
Genocide
Museum Enemies of the People, a documentary film depicting co-director Thet Sambath's quest to find truth and closure in the Killing Fields
Killing Fields
of Cambodia. The Missing Picture, a documentary film illustrating the cruelty inflicted upon Cambodians when Pol Pot
Pol Pot
came to power through news footage and clay figurines.

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Further reading[edit]

Affonço, Denise. To the End of Hell: One Woman's Struggle to Survive Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. London: Reportage Press, 2007. Becker, Elizabeth. When the War Was Over: Cambodia
Cambodia
and the Khmer Rouge Revolution. New York: PublicAffairs, 1998. Bizot, Francois. The Gate. New York: Knopf, 2003. Bultmann, Daniel. "Irrigating a Socialist Utopia: Disciplinary Space and Population Control under the Khmer Rouge, 1975–1979," Transcience, vol. 3, no. 1 (2012), pp. 40–52. Chanda, Nayan, Brother Enemy: The War After the War. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Chandler, David P.: A History of Cambodia. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1983. ISBN 0-8133-3511-6. Chandler, David P. Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1992. ISBN 0-8133-3510-8 Criddle, JoAn D. To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987. ISBN 978-0-9632205-1-6 Him, Chanrithy. When Broken Glass Floats: Growing up under the Khmer Rouge, A Memoir. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000. Kiernan, Ben. The Pol Pot
Pol Pot
Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide
Genocide
in Cambodia
Cambodia
under the Khmer Rouge, 1975–79. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-300-09649-6. Kiernan, Ben. How Pol Pot
Pol Pot
Came to Power: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Communism
Communism
in Cambodia, 1930–1975. 2nd ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-300-10262-3. Ngor, Haing. A Cambodian Odyssey. New York: Macmillan, 1987. Nhem, Boraden. Khmer Rouge: Ideology, Militarism, and the Revolution that Consumed a Generation Praeger, 2013. ISBN 978-0-313-39337-2. Pran, Dith (Comp.). Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University
Yale University
Press, 1997. Panh, Rithy with Bataille, Christopher. The Elimination: a Survivor of the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
Confronts his Past. Clerkenwell, 2013. A dispassionate interview and analysis of "Duch", who was head of security for the Khmer regime. Written by a surviving victim. Shawcross, William. Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979. Swain, Jon. River of Time. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997. ISBN 0-425-16805-0. Ung, Loung. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. ISBN 0-06-093138-8 Olivier Weber, Les Impunis, Un voyage dans la banali té du mal (Robert Laffont, 2013) Piergiorgio Pescali, S-21 Nella prigione di Pol Pot
Pol Pot
La Ponga Edizioni, Milan, 2015. ISBN 978-8897823308

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