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Justice, or just kidding

Dear Editor,

I very much appreciate the precise story of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of Phnom

Penh (PPP April 14-27, 2000).

It gives me more insight into the Khmer Rouge regime. While the Khmer Rouge trial

process is ongoing, I would like to share my concerns about it.

I am of a younger generation, born in 1977, and I do not know much about what happened

during the KR regime. However, I am living very hard because my father was executed

during the regime. I can feel enough of the meaning of the KR legacy of suffering

and horror.

To my understanding, the way you all (the international community and Khmer leaders)

are dealing with the issue of the KR trial, you are just cheating. You treat us like

brainless human beings and you teach us "Justice is a kidding and a game of

powerful players".

I cannot believe how you could teach the young generation like us this disgusting

way. It is absolutely unacceptable. We do not want to be slaves of "the culture

of impunity and irresponsibility" ever again.

It is enough. Please just look at what is happening now. The whole nation behaves

like you, my dear leaders. You, through the ineffective social system you are conducting,

are spoiling our poor nation by making our country a money-obsessed and corrupt society.

If we keep on like this, we are never going to be able to change the way we are.

Please, let's stop and start an important change now!

I think "Justice" is not too expensive, as you always explain in terms

of an open KR trial.

We are fed up with war and violence. I know that some guys who may be convicted have

a lot of money, and they can buy people to die for their funky ideal and greed. It

is a reality. However, I am strongly confident that the majority of Cambodian people

want no part of this cheating.

I am not a lawyer but I think "Justice" is big. Why do you want to diminish

it (PPP April 14-27, 2000) by calling for the tribunal draft law to protect some

"invisible people" from being indicted?

Understand that our people only want a kind of "moderate justice" in its

right meaning, not a false one.

Please be heroes, my dear leaders. It is time for you to show off your courage as

the sons of our Angkorean Nation. You will be honored heroes of the nation if you

stand up and speak the truth. Believe me, it will not be hard to speak out.

The whole nation is waiting for it. We will close our dark history peacefully and

never make that unforgettable mistake again. We will live in honor.
Oum Sothea, Phnom Penh

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