Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Jarvis wrong choice for Victims' Unit



Jarvis wrong choice for Victims' Unit

Jarvis wrong choice for Victims' Unit

Dear Editor,

I read

with horror about Dr Jarvis's appointment to head the Victims' Unit.

Youk Chhang, the head of DC-Cam, is by far the most experienced

professional insofar as outreach to the Cambodian people and the

outside world about the genocide and the Tribunal.... The fact that

Chhang was not offered the position, or even asked about the

appointment, speaks volumes about the ineptitude and corruption which

has marked the Tribunal from the outset. The fact that Dr Jarvis is

neither a Cambodian nor a victim of the regime is offensive, but not

shocking.

The appointment of overpaid foreigners in NGOs and UN

agencies is nothing new in Cambodia. The glaring offence is not her

ethnicity, however, but her political ties and alliances. In a letter

from just three years ago she signed to the following: "In time of

revolution and civil war, the most extreme measures will sometimes

become necessary and justified."

This kind of speech is something

that the Khmer Rouge themselves subscribed to, and it is Marxist

ideology that led to the deaths of roughly 2 million people in

Cambodia, which created the necessity for a Khmer Rouge tribunal and a

Victims' Unit in the first place. The philosophy that the "ends justify

the means" in the pursuit of creating a communist nation is something

that Pol Pot himself was a champion of. Having Dr Jarvis head the

Victims' Unit of the Khmer Rouge tribunal and Extraordinary Chambers in

the Courts of Cambodia is akin to having a Nazi Party member running

victim relations at the Nuremburg Trial for Josef Mengele, the "Doctor"

and head of torture at Auschwitz.

Bethany Murphy

Washington, DC

Send letters to: [email protected] or P.O. Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • One million Chinese Covid-19 jabs to start rolling in from February

    The government has confirmed that Covid-19 vaccines from China are set to begin arriving in Cambodia by February. This came as the Ministry of Health recorded two imported cases of Covid-19 on January 18. While calling on people to remain vigilant against the pandemic, ministry spokeswoman