Friday, October 29, 2010

Ban Ki-moon makes solemn visit to S-21 torture center

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew out of Cambodia after a bumpy reception from Prime Minister Hun Sen, and after a visit to the country's genocide museum.

"Pol Pot was the prime minister of the Khmer Rouge. He killed his own people, more than two out of seven million," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as he was guided around the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum at the tail end of his two-day official visit to Cambodia.

Tuol Sleng, the Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21, was run by Comrade Duch, who was jailed earlier this year for 30 years by the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh.

Ban said Duch's conviction was a milestone in Cambodia’s troubled history that had sent a powerful message to the world that crimes against humanity would not go unpunished.

"I will never forget my visit here today. In this place of horror, ladies and gentlemen, let the human spirit triumph. Wars cannot do justice, but we can. Thank you people of Cambodia for leading the way."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6162797,00.html


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) is escorted around Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6162797,00.html

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