Why is the United Nations involved?

Posted Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:50 / Updated Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:26

In June 1997, the then Co-Prime ministers, Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Samdech Hun Sen, wrote to the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, requesting UN assistance in prosecuting the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. They asked for support because the Cambodian judiciary lacked sufficient resources and expertise to undertake such a complex task, especially given the magnitude of the crimes.

The UN is providing technical support and assistance through the deployment of international judicial officials and professional staff through the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT)