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Khmer voice of conscience

Khmer voice of conscience

Dear Editor,

I write to the Post today to serve as a simple "voice of conscience" for

the Khmer people and for the world.

I feel the need to remind your readership, both in Cambodia and around the world,

at this critical juncture in the proposed tribunal of the surviving (former) Khmer

Rouge leadership.

The United Nations and the Cambodian Government may have an agreement as to the form

and function of a tribunal, but we are a long, long way from the actual process itself.

The current political environment in Cambodia is not yet conducive to a speedy tribunal;

for whatever reason, there will be foot-dragging by a few vocal people in power.

The political will to try the KR may not be all there as we hope for. Therefore,

the Khmer people and the world must not remain silent as we have been for the past

25 years.

The search for justice, no matter how insignificant, is essential. Thus constant

pressure must be maintained.

The price of justice can never be too expensive. Concerns must be raised on behalf

of the estimated three million victims of genocide, whose voices have been silenced.

Let us send a clear message to the past, current, and future human rights abusers

that we no longer tolerate genocide and crimes against humanity.

Cambodia is now in a position to help set a precedent for the future by doing the

right thing today. The "sense of impunity" must end with a fair trial of

the former Khmer Rouge leadership.

The truth must come out. Only then will the victims of genocide be able to rest in

peace. Twenty-five years have already passed, but it is not yet too late. Show the

KR that we have not forgotten the fallen!
- Ronnie Yimsut, [email protected]

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