The khmer Rouge:
Genocide and insanity
The Khmer Rouge regime is remembered mainly for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people (from an estimated 1972 population of 7.1 million) under its regime, through execution, starvation and forced labor. Although directly responsible for the death of
about 750,000, the policies of the Khmer Rouge led, mainly through starvation and displacement,to the death of over 1 million people. In terms of the number of people
killed as a proportion of the population of the country it ruled, it was one of the most lethal regimes of the 20th century.
Accused of a genocide that resulted in the deaths of over 1.5 million Cambodians,
the Khmer Rouge have long evaded justice. When the regime collapsed in 1979,
many Khmer Rouge simply melted back into Cambodian society.
As talk of a trial of the regimefs leaders again tops the agenda in Cambodia,
their portraits are a reminder that while many lower level Khmer Rouge cadres
won'tface trial, they may stand as witnesses against their former leaders.