Sunday, March 10, 2013

Vink's view

30 Years for a Trial is an e-book that reports on the trial of Duch, alias Kaing Guek Eav, the infamous director of 'S21', a Khmer Rouge interrogation center where 15,000 people were tortured and subsequently executed between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia, a fraction of the 1.7 million people estimated to have died during the Pol Pot regime. Taking into account the pace of the ongoing trials at the ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers at the Courts of Cambodia) and the age of the 4 other accused Khmer Rouge leaders, Duch may well be the only Khmer Rouge cadre to be sentenced. With 123 pages, a text by Phnom Penh based journalist Robert Carmichael about Duch's trial, a multimedia slideshow, over 200 photographs and a text by John Vink giving an insight on the context of the trial and a reflection on the backstage activities of the ECCC, this e-book sheds some additional light on what in fact is the first international trial of a left wing totalitarian regime. Find out more @ 30 Years for a Trial.

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