Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tribunal Isn’t Place To Prove Competence

Moeun Chhean Nariddh, Phnom Penh
Letter to the Editor
The Cambodia Daily
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

It is sad that some officials have said the Khmer Rouge tribunal will determine whether the Cambodian judges are competent and will help them to improve themselves.

It may be too late now to question their qualifications, but the tribunal should not be a place for the Cambodian judges to get work experience or to experiment with their work.

<>Otherwise, they will repeat the mistake of the Khmer Rouge leaders who were trying to experiment with a utopian, agrarian society that ended in a great catastrophe. We would like to see the most qualified judges working on the tribunal. If that is not possible, at least the Cambodian judges should recognize their shortcomings and try to fill in these gaps with intensive training before the legal proceedings being. The most important thing is that they must try to uphold the highest professional conscience and integrity.

The tribunal is not to try a thief who has stolen a chicken. It is to find justice for nearly two million Cambodians who were killed or starved to death.

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