has sentenced A United Nations-backed special Tribunal in Cambodia for the first time, representatives of the Khmer Rouge regime for genocide. The former chief ideologist Nuon Chea and Ex-head of state Khieu Samphan spoke of the genocide guilty and met life-long imprisonment.

Both had previously been convicted of other charges. Two years ago, Cambodia had confirmed to the Supreme court a 2014, imposed judgment against the two leaders, was due to crimes against humanity.

Cambodia – leader of the Khmer Rouge for the first time for genocide A special Tribunal in Cambodia sentenced for the first time found to be representative of the Khmer Rouge regime for genocide guilty. The two defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment. © Photo: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia/Handout via REUTERS

The special Tribunal in Phnom Penh, said Nuon Chea for genocide of Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese as guilty. Khieu Samphan was convicted of genocide against ethnic Vietnamese.

The Khmer Rouge ruled under the leadership of Pol Pot between 1975 and 1979. Its goal is the realization of a Maoist peasant society. Under their rule 1.7 million people were estimated that as a result of torture, murder, enslavement, famine, and disease killed.

1/11 tourists stand behind a portrait of the Ex-Propaganda chief of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea, called “brother number 2”. The picture hangs in the Museum of genocide in Phnom Penh. In these rooms the infamous “security prison 21 was formerly a” (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters, 2/11 A place of horror: The S-21 prison, the Khmer Rouge tortured, around 16,000 people died in the dungeons. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters 3/11 Here tortured, the torturer of prisoners with electric shocks, immersed in water vats, and mutilated: one of the cells of the former S-21 prison in Phnom Penh. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters 4/11 Through this torture-chamber echoed earlier cries, today a lonely photo: oppressive impressions from the Museum of genocide in Phnom Penh, emblazoned on the wall. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters, 5/11 screws The guards of S-21 used axes, hooks and thumb to torture the prisoners and to murder. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters, 6/11 Between 1975 and 1979, were imprisoned, tens of thousands of people from all Parts of Cambodia, S-21, among other members of the Khmer Rouge, who were regarded as traitors. Only seven people survived the torture of hell. Behind each number there is a destiny – the show, the images of the victims of torture. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters 7/11 The skulls of unknown victims of torture in Toul-Sleng-genocide-Museum. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters 8/11 prisoners who survived the torture, were killed on the so-called Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a suburb of Phnom Penh,. Often, the henchmen, the Khmer Rouge used to shovel or cut the prisoner’s throat – in order to save ammunition. Here is a memorial Shrine with the skulls of some 8000 Victims. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters 9/11 workers cleaning and sweeping Foliage between the former execution sites and mass graves in the Killing Fields in Choeung Ek, near Phnom Penh. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters, 10/11 A silent gesture: Colorful chains and ribbons hang from a fence surrounding a mass grave in Choeung Ek. On this Killing Field near Phnom Penh, thousands of people died. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters 11/11 Between all the grief, all the horror, there is in Cambodia symbols of hope: a “spirit house” for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, right next to the Killing Fields in Choeung Ek. © Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are the only Survivors from the leadership of the Khmer Rouge. The investigation of the crimes took so long, because in Cambodia after the end of the regime of the Khmer Rouge years of civil war. Then rank the government since the 1985 ruling of the former Khmer Rouge, Hun Sen, over the years, with the United Nations, the statutes for the Tribunal. The first indictment occurred in 2007.

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