Socheata Vong

My thoughts about beloved Cambodia

Category: Khmer Rouge

Killing Fields: Long Road to Justice

In its World Untold Stories on “Killing Fields: Long Road to Justice”, CNN sheds new light on the atrocities committed in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-1979.

Dan Rivers uncovers never before televised video of Khmer Rouge prison interrogator Ta Chan, allegations of corruption at UN-backed trial of Khmer leaders, and rarely seen archive footage of Pol Pot

In a groundbreaking new documentary CNN’s Dan Rivers on the hunt for Ta Chan, the chief interrogator of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious S-21 prison camp. For the program, CNN obtained exclusive and previously unseen footage of Ta Chan giving a tour of another Khmer Rouge jungle prison. CNN’s Rivers also details corruption allegations at the Phnom Penh trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, reporting on prosecution and defense fears that the trial will be tainted by the allegations. Full story>>>


May 2: 8:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. GMT
May 3: 2:30 p.m. GMT
May 4: 2:30 a.m. GMT

Equivalent Cambodia airtimes (Cambodia is +7 hours difference from GMT):

Saturday, May 2 — 3:30 p.m., and then again at midnight
Sunday, May 3 — 5:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m. GMT
Monday, May 4 — 9:30 a.m. GMT

Source:  CNN

Duch, asking forgiveness by telling more truth?

By Socheata Vong

March 31, 2009 will not be only marked as one part of the beginning of the trial of former head of S- 21, Duch, but also remembered as a historic moment when one of the most Cambodian notorious criminal revealed his crimes and sought forgiveness committed in the darkest page of our history.

Should we ever truly forgive him as a point of closure at the end of this trial? That he was taken a hostage and he had no choice but to kill, as I am personally not convinced, would in no mean lead to acceptance of apology and forgiveness.

From a human personal emotional perspective, I seriously doubt if Cambodians should ever forgive him, especially at this stage of judicial process.  One thing that is clear is that his remorse will never wipe away suffering for the loss of our irreplaceable victims; however, at the end of the day, Duch should realize that his confession is not about an apology.  It is about revealing the truth and telling more what is beyond the pictures, testimony of survivors, and other discovered evidence.  He needs to tell his version of crime.  The truth will serve as a charity he does at the last part of his life so everyone will comprehend the reason of existence of such a crime and people involved.

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