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Looking to the future: Justice and reconciliation in Cambodia

August 22, 2009

Although Cambodia has come a long way since the nightmare of the Khmer Rouge, it still faces many issues that continue to hinder its development and the vitality of its people. One of the major issues facing Cambodia today is how to continue the transition towards justice and reconciliation in a post-genocidal society. Thirty years after the complete obliteration of modern Cambodian society and the death of one-fourth of the population, Cambodia must strike a balance between facing the past and looking hopefully towards the future. After talking with several survivors of Pol Pot’s genocidal regime, it became clear that in order to move forward, the country must adopt two models of transitional justice: restorative and retributive justice.

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