红色高棉屠杀审判在柬埔寨开庭 Khmer Rouge Genocide Trial Opens in Cambodia

21 November, 2011

在柬埔寨一个联合国支持的对三名红色高棉最高领导人的审判中,检察官指控这三个人主导了20世纪最严重的一场恐怖。检察官杰良星期一在开庭陈述中说,红色高棉国家元首乔森潘、外界普遍认为的红色高棉主要思想家农谢和红色高棉外交部长英萨利策划了血腥的“杀人场”革命,这场革命导致柬埔寨四分之一的人口遇害,并摧毁了数百万幸存者的生活。

这三人被指控犯有反人类罪,包括种族灭绝、杀人和虐待。在1975年至1979年红色高棉统治期间,估计柬埔寨大约200万人死亡。联合国人权事务高级专员皮莱对审判开庭表示欢迎。她说,有关证词将帮助柬埔寨的新一代人了解他们的历史,并激励国际社会努力防止今后发生大规模犯罪。预计检察官将争取判处被告最高刑罚,无期徒刑。

Prosecutors in the U.N.-backed trial of three top Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia accused the men of masterminding one of the worst horrors of the 20th Century.In opening statements Monday, prosecutor Chea Leang said Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, reputed chief ideologue Nuon Chea and Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary orchestrated the bloody "killing fields" revolution that wiped out a quarter of the population and destroyed the lives of millions of survivors.

The three men are accused of crimes against humanity, including genocide, homicide and torture. The Khmer Rouge ruled from 1975 to 1979, when up to two million Cambodians are estimated to have died.The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, welcomed the opening of the trial, saying testimony would help a new generation of Cambodians to understand their history and add stimulus to the international community's efforts to prevent future mass crimes. Prosecutors are expected to seek the maximum penalty of life in prison for the defendants.