Victims survived the Khmer Rouge but died waiting for justice
August 09, 2014 01:00
Re: "EU hails Khmer Rouge verdict in 'fight against impunity'" and "Khmer Rouge leaders sent to jail for life", Asean & AEC, August 8.
We can only proclaim the final judgement on the Khmer Rouge’s crime against humanity as “better late than never”.
The final verdict after a 35-year wait for justice seems to be somewhat hollow when compared with the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals that quickly followed the end of World War II. The judgements in 1949 after a mere four-year wait were hailed as an important precedent for dealing with future instances of genocide and other crimes against humanity. The longevity of the Khmer Rouge trial is a signal that the world’s justice system for crimes against humanity needs to be revamped so that victims never again have to wait so long for justice. As many have pointed out, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”