Genocide is “the deliberate systematic murder of a certain race, ethnic group, or even a nation.” To a very high extent the mass killings in Cambodia can be considered as genocide because the Khmer Rouge deliberately and systematically attempted to destroy the people of Cambodian people. After the deposition of Cambodian president Lon Nol the Khmer Rouge wasted no time in imposing their will on the country. Within days of overthrowing the previous government the Khmer rouge forced the civilians of Cambodia to leave their homes to go and work as unpaid labourers on a collection of farms. No one was shown mercy upon; the very old, sickly and very young were all sent. If they failed to move quickly e... ... middle of paper ... ...t between two groups of civilians within a country.” The killings that took place in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge cannot be considered as a civil war.
According to Genocide Watch, between 1.7 and 2.2 million people died in the Cambodian Genocide. (Genocide) Which was approximately twenty-five percent of the population in a short three year period stated World Without Genocide. (Walker) This horrible tragedy was caused by Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge in most of Cambodia, in the 1970’s, because of religion and order. In Cambodia this devastation made everyone a peasant. First, who was Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge?
The Khmer Rouge was cruel and heartless with what they did. They even interrogated their own members of treason and often executed them. Since the Khmer ... ... middle of paper ... ...viving-genocide-30694.html>. de Walque, Damien. "The Long Term Legacy of the Khmer Rouge Period on Cambodia."
Why does nobody know who this monstrous human being was? What did Pol Pot do to become such a terrible person? Pol Pot was a Cambodian dictator who led the country through hell. People say that Pol Pot killed almost as many people as Hitler did. People should become aware of what he did and how horrifying it really was.
Until this day there are some Khmer Rouge soldiers alive, but no one demands justice because they’ve learned to live with it. According to Cambodia Tribunal Monitor the Democratic Kampuchea was one of the worst human tragedies of the 20th century. Cambodia was left in bad conditions because the damage the Khmer Rouge caused. Most of the people in Cambodia are bound to be missing a family member or several because of the genocide. Landmines are still killing people, and there are too many to get rid of them all at once.
During the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia was turned into a giant labour camp creating a system of terror, genocide, and attempted cultural annihilation, a series of drastic events that the country is still recovering from. The years contained within this regime were devastating for the nation of Cambodia, with the establishment of the Khmer Rouge, a left-wing Communist political party whose actions have had an overwhelmingly detrimental effect on the political, economic and social structure of Cambodia, ruining the lives of millions.
Between the years 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge spread “like a virus from the jungles until they controlled the entire country” (The Khmer Rouge). The Khmer Rouge abused the Cambodians by declaring “money, private property, religion, and illegal books and committed massive atrocities” (Cambodia's Killing Fields). Throughout the reign of the Khmer Rouge over a million people were killed mostly in the killing fields. The killing fields a “term for Cambodia’s mass grave sites” (Killing Fields) is where most people were either abused or starved to death. The Cambodian genocide “emanated from a harsh climate of political and social turmoil” (Cambodian Genocide).
A dictatorship is a government or a social situation where one person implies absolute power or, when one person takes control. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge will be broken down and analysed as to why and how they did what they did to the Cambodian People. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge led a forbidding regime that subjugated the Cambodian people, killing around one-quarter of the Cambodian population in the process. Pol Pots’ totalitarian and brutal leadership of the regime was, by definition, a dictatorship and not at all, a benevolent dictatorship. The main reason why Pol pot and the Khmer Rouge came to power was because of the US carpet bombings of Cambodia to emigrate the North Vietnamese.
Much poverty today in Cambodia can be traced to the Khmer Rouge, and much potential was lost in Cambodia after intellectuals, scientists, and other educated people that could have helped rebuild the country were killed during the genocide. Mines that were laid by the Khmer Rouge have resulted in numerous injuries and deaths. Although a Khmer Rouge Tribunal had been called for as early as 1994, the trials only began in the summer of 2007. In 2010, Kaing Guek Eav (known as Brother Duch), the head of the infamous S-21 prison camp, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for crimes against humanity. In 2013, Nuon Chea ("Brother Number Two") was put on trial.
This Political organization was led by a man with the radical name Pol Pot. This communist regime without a doubt would have slaughtered more of its own people if it weren’t for the invasion of Cambodia by the Vietnamese Army. This invasion ended the horror of the Cambodian population and the rule of terror by the Khmer Rouge. The leader of the Khmer Rouge was a man named Sa... ... middle of paper ... ...oners were also jailed in these facilities. The families of the prisoners were also tortured into giving force confessions.