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
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.
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