U.S. Embassy Statement on Today’s Judgment by the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia

Released on November 23, 2016

The United States welcomes today’s final judgment by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Case 002/01 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan upholding their convictions for crimes against humanity, persecution on political grounds, and other inhumane acts related to the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975. The court also affirmed the life sentences issued by the trial court, citing the “massive scale of the crimes.”

The Khmer Rouge period was the darkest era in Cambodia’s history, and today’s ruling ensures that two of the regime’s top leaders will be held accountable.

The United States will continue to support the ECCC’s mission to bring a measure of justice to the Cambodian people and to shed light on the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge.