Wednesday, Apr 08th, 2020 - 05:46:49

Cambodia

Wat Detention Center

Wat Detention Center - "EVGD1" / "EGBD2" (2019)

In 1997, the Cambodian government asked for the UN's assistance in setting up a genocide tribunal. It took nine years to agree to the structure of the court before the judges were sworn in. In 2008, John McCain ran for President in the United States, despite admitting repeatedly in interviews that he was "guilty of war crimes" and "intentionally bombed women and children" in the invasion of Cambodia, Vietnam, & Laos. The Bush administration was reelected after the illegal Iraq & Afghanistan campaigns. On September 19, 2007 Nuon Chea, second in command of the Khmer Rouge and its most senior surviving member, was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. He faced Cambodian and foreign judges at the special genocide tribunal and was convicted in 2014 to receive a life sentence. The Obama administration & the Clinton-led State Department did not assist or participate in the proceedings.

The Five Precepts - Wat Botum, Cambodia

The five precepts are:

+ abstention from killing living being is one.
+ abstention from stealing others' possession is one.
+ abstention from committing immorally with others' wives and daughters is one
+ abstention from telling lies is one.
+ abstention from taking intoxicants and using addictive drugs is one

+ Wat Botum (Temple of the Lotus Blossoms) - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

King's Palace - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

'On the 24th of September 1993, Norodom Sihanouk was restored as King of Cambodia through a multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy... On the 14th of October 2004, King Norodom Sihamoni was selected by a special nine-member throne council, part of a selection process that was quickly put in place after the abdication of King Norodom Sihanouk a week prior. Sihamoni's selection was endorsed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly Speaker Prince Norodom Ranariddh (the king's half brother and current chief advisor), both members of the throne council. He was enthroned in Phnom Penh on 29 October 2004. Annual average GDP growth for the period 2001–2010 was 7.7% making it one of the world's top ten countries with the highest annual average GDP growth.'

Documentary: "Year Zero - The Silent Death of Cambodia" (1979)

"After Cambodia appealed for international assistance in setting up a genocide tribunal in 1997, it took another nine years of governmental foot-dragging and tortuous negotiations with the United Nations over the shape and structure of the court before prosecutors and judges were sworn in last July. Since then, the proceedings have encountered months of legal wrangling and administrative delays, leading to concerns that the few surviving Khmer Rouge leaders could die of old age before being brought to justice. This month, however, seems to mark a point of no return..."

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