The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has set June 27, 2011 as the start date for the trial of 4 top Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide and other crimes committed during the 1970s.
The defendants are Khmer Rouge “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, foreign minister Ieng Sary, social affairs minister Ieng Thirith, and head of state Khieu Samphan. The four are the senior-most surviving members of the hardline communist movement.
They face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for the deaths of two million people from execution, overwork, and starvation during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-1979 rule. They also face genocide charges specifically related to the deaths of the ethnic Cham Muslim and Vietnamese people in Cambodia at the time.