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Do not forget Cambodian atrocities

(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of the following letter, addressed to Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar of the United Nations.)

During their rule of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge slaughtered two or three million inhabitants -- over one-fourth of Cambodia's total population! I request that the United Nations investigate the extent of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge, and put the leaders on trial for crimes against humanity. Those convicted should then be either executed or sentenced to long prison terms.

In addition, as the primary supporter (financial and otherwise) of the Khmer Rouge, China should also be investigated and appropriately punished for its involvement in Cambodia.

It is crucial that such an accounting take place, because of Vietnam's withdrawal and the prospect of the Khmer Rouge returning to power. They are continuing their genocide in the regions they still control.

After Adolf Hitler, it was vowed that such atrocities would never again be allowed to occur. We must now renew that vow, and set an example for human rights abusers to let them know that they will be punished.

John Morrison G->