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Crimes Against Humanity. The Cambodian Genocide 1975-1979. "All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul." -Mahatma Gandhi. Murder

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crimes against humanity

Crimes Against Humanity

The Cambodian Genocide

1975-1979

"All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul."

-Mahatma Gandhi

what is a crime against humanity according to the international criminal court it includes
Murder

Genocide

Slavery

Indefinite imprisonment without a trial

Torture

Forced Pregnancy

Rape

Apartheid

Disappearance

And others

What is a Crime Against Humanity?According to the International Criminal Court, it includes:
pol pot gains power
Pol Pot Gains Power
  • US Bombs Cambodia sending fleeing peasants to Phnom Penh
  • This results in an unstable government
  • Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army, consisting of teenage peasant guerrillas, marched into Phnom Penh and effectively seized control of Cambodia
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Pol Pot got rid of foreign influence and said, “This is year zero.”

Embassies were closed

Economic assistance was refused

Media was shut down

All cities forcibly evacuated.

At Phnom Penh, two million inhabitants were evacuated on foot into the countryside at gunpoint. As many as 20,000 died along the way.

Cambodian Genocide
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Millions of Cambodians forced into slave labor in Pol Pot's "killing fields" where they soon began dying from overwork, malnutrition and disease, on a diet of one tin of rice (180 grams) per person every two days.

Throughout Cambodia, purges conducted to eliminate remnants of the "old society" - the educated, the wealthy, Buddhist monks, police, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and former government officials.

Cambodian Genocide
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Ex-soldiers were killed along with their wives and children.

Anyone suspected of disloyalty to Pol Pot, including many Khmer Rouge leaders, was shot or bludgeoned with an ax.

"What is rotten must be removed," a Khmer Rouge slogan proclaimed.

Cambodian Genocide
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Cambodia Genocide“Killing Fields”

Mass Grave discovered in 1980 was first indication of the Cambodian Genocide under Pol Pot’s regime

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Unsupervised gatherings of more than two persons forbidden.

Young people taken from parents

Young people married in group ceremonies involving 100’s of often-unwilling couples.

Ethnic groups attacked

50% of the 425,000 Chinese living in Cambodia in 1975 perished.

Khmer Rouge also forced Muslims to eat pork and shot those who refused.

Cambodian Genocide
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1978 Vietnam attacks Cambodia to stop attacks by Khmer Rouge

Pol Pot loses power in 1979

Exiled to Thailand and began a guerilla war against Cambodia for 17 years

Lost control of Khmer Rouge in the 1990’s

Arrested in 1998

Died of a heart attack before he could be brought to trial about his crimes against humanity

Cambodian Genocide

Two Million Murdered

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Cambodian Genocide

The Killing Fields is a well-known movie about the Cambodia Massacre made in 1984

http://

www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi4294181145/

works cited
Works Cited
  • Berkowitz, J.Z Photo 15 April 2008 http://jzberkowitz.smugmug.com/photos/102398089-M.jpg photo credit
  • Genocide in the 20th Century: Pol Pot in Cambodia 2,000,000 Deaths 15 April 2008 http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/pol-pot.htm
  • International Criminal Court: About the Court 15 April 2008

http://www.icc-cpi.int/about.html

  • The Killing Fields IMDb 15 April 2008
  • www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi4294181145/
  • United Human Rights Council 15 April 2008 http://www.unitedhumanrights.org/famous_quotes.htm