The life sentences given to two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge should serve as a warning to other rights abusers, including in North Korea, the Philippines and the Islamic State, a United Nations envoy said Wednesday.
A UN-backed court in Cambodia dismissed an appeal against lifetime jail sentences meted out to Nuon Chea, 90, Khieu Samphan, 85. The pair were senior leaders of a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979.
"The long arm of international justice ultimately can prevail," David Scheffer, the UN Secretary-General's envoy to the tribunal, told reporters after the verdict. "Holding senior leaders accountable for the perpetration of atrocity crimes under their leadership, does happen, it does ultimately occur," he added. He then mentioned a number of specific countries where leaders should "take note that what happened today".
The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their record keeping - which results in haunting memori… https://t.co/2Yrj2CdX4Z pic.twitter.com/3PnNhkFZUR — iambents (@iambents) November 13, 2016