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Prosecution lawyer Nicholas Koumjian, however, said yesterday that there was evidence that forced marriages repeatedly occurred, which showed it was a policy and that leaders intended “to break down traditional family ties while growing the population”. In the coercive environment of [Democratic Kampuchea], where even breaking a spoon could result in execution, few dared to refuse,” he said.
quad cities - Get ready for a major celestial treat in the Quad Cities during August of 2017!
We'll be treated to a near total solar eclipse on the afternoon of August 21st.
The brief takes aim at one of the most internationally significant and emotionally charged elements of the trial: the topic of forced marriage, which, Chea’s defence argues, lacks legal backing and essentially puts Cambodia’s culture of “arranged marriage” on trial. For countless others, there was no need for a gun, as they were coerced by fear.
“The likely reason why the [Communist Party of Kampuchea’s] legitimate policies have been portrayed as inherently criminal is that the issue of sexual violence and particularly forced marriage has become the ‘hot topic’ in international criminal law,” the brief read. The Khmer Rouge marriage policy was based on mutual consent, the filing said, and a policy to grow the population to 15 million did not equate to forced marriage.
The 550-page closing brief – which alleges judges’ bias, lying witnesses and Vietnamese infiltration – is a key insight into Chea’s thinking. Nonetheless, this is court of law, not a reality TV show chasing ratings.” In heart-wrenching accounts last year, one victim of the regime, Sou Sotheavy, a transgender woman, told how she was forced to marry a woman and father a child.
The former communist leader has mostly kept silent during nearly two years of his trial, except for the occasional outburst about Vietnam. must be equally tempted to carve its stone on the edifice of international criminal justice by being the first to enter a conviction for arranged marriage despite the inadequate evidentiary basis . Another told how she was raped at gunpoint by her military commander after refusing to sleep with her stranger of a husband.
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