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Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s National Assembly was due to debate a bill Friday to criminalize the denial of crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge era.

NachrichtenagenturAccording to a draft of the bill, the legislation would punish people who refuse to acknowledge crimes, who deny or challenge the existence of crimes, or people who promote crimes committed under the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge regime.

The sentences would range from six months to two years in jail, and a fine of up to 4 million riel (1,000 dollars).
Human rights groups have criticized the bill, saying that it was drafted too rapidly. The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights said the timing of the debate in parliament, less than eight weeks before national elections, „suggests that it is politically motivated.“

The ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge movement ruled Cambodia between 1975-79 when an estimated 2 million people died from execution, overwork, starvation and disease.

 

Author | Sarah Thust

Last Update | 06.06.2013

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