Abandon decency. Abandon morals. Put in the guns and get the TEMPLE! by Anya Palm

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August 18, 2010 - 07:31 -

Preah Vihear is an unimaginably beautiful place. It is a
province, but it takes it’s name after an 11th Century Khmer
Temple, which towers over
the landscape on a 525-metre high mountain. The temple is stunningly
well-preserved – there are still carvings of dancing Apsaras, Buddha statues
and stone stair cases leading up to a perhaps even more breathtaking view over
unspoiled nature.

That is utterly unimportant, though.

In Cambodia, the prize for peace is justice

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July 27, 2010 - 06:34 -

35 years of prison time for Kaeng Kek Iev – better known as
Duch – is strange.  Iev, a prison chief
in Cambodia’s
notorious torture prison S-21 during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, is
responsible for the violent and untimely death of about 14000 people.  

He is the first person ever to stand trial and receive
verdict for his crimes during the genocide in 1975-79.

Wild monks should raise concern in Cambodia by Anya Palm

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November 11, 2009 - 11:10 -

In Cambodia, on Tuesday
Oct 26, a nun was murdered. She had grabbed the wrong bowl to feed the pigs
with and then an angry man beat her to death with a stick for her mistake. Same
day, in an unrelated case, a young student became the center of a drunken
brawl. Two men got so upset with the student that they beat him with a hammer
and an iron bar. 

The only thing those two
incidents have in common – apart from a deadly outcome for the victim – is that
the perpetrator was a Buddhist monk.

Cambodia’s wheel of history rolls on

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March 20, 2009 - 10:48 -

Alexandra Kent
Senior Researcher
NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Thirty years after the end of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, a ‘hybrid’ war crimes tribunal has finally begun. A mixed team of Cambodian and foreign lawyers have just kicked into motion with the trial of ‘Duch’, the first of five suspects to be tried. The others are Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan, Ieng Thirith, Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea.