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Cambodians remember killing fields massacre

2011-11-20 16:16

Phnom Penh - Survivors of Cambodia's "killing fields" regime are holding ceremonies to remember those who died. The ritual comes a day before a UN-backed tribunal begins a trial for three of the Khmer Rouge regime's former leaders.

Cambodians burned incense near a glass case filled with skulls at the Choeung Ek Genocide Center on Sunday. The memorial stands in a field where the Khmer Rouge executed people during their 1975-79 rule, during which more than 1 million died.

The charges against the defendants - all in their 80s - include crimes against humanity, genocide and torture.

On trial are the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist, Nuon Chea, former head of state Khieu Samphan, and former foreign minister Ieng Sary.

Khmer Rouge supreme leader Pol Pot died in 1998.