Speaking at an event held by the British Embassy, Angelina Jolie acknowledged the work of the NGO and legal community to highlight the sexualized crimes that were committed during the conflict.
Angelina Jolie was pledging her support for efforts to prosecute the Khmer Rouge crime of forced marriage and those working here to end violence against women.
“Please, please let me know how I can in any way further all the great work you’ve been doing and add to your voices."
"I was very conscious of the part that sexual violence played in the suffering of the Cambodian women in the genocide.”
“I welcome the fact the Khmer Rouge tribunal has begun to address this issue and I pay tribute to all the survivors in Cambodia, including those who have so bravely given evidence."
“I believe they are heroes to us all. There is so much stigma and they face so much opposition, it is so important that we stand by them and protect them and hear them and respect them.”
The Khmer Rouge, an ultra-Maoist guerrilla force, seized Phnom Penh in April 1975 after battling the US-backed Lon Nol regime. After emptying the capital and other urban centers, the Khmer Rouge implemented a plan to bring the country back to “Year Zero”. People were forced into labor and summarily executed in killing sites around the country. An estimated 1.5 million people died between that date and January 1979, when Vietnamese troops overthrew the Khmer Rouge and installed a new government, the leader of which, Hun Sen, continues to rule today.