An American band has sparked outrage for naming themselves after a Cambodian genocide concentration camp, where the Khmer Rouge murdered thousands of Cambodians in the mid-1970s.
The band faced backlash when internet sleuths discovered them while searching for Tuol Sleng after a controversial VICE article featuring manipulated photographs of the victims made headlines last week, according to AsianFeed.
After nearly half a century, a 98-year-old Cambodian woman was reunited with two siblings she thought had died during the brutal regime of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, aka the Khmer Rouge, in the 1970s.
Through the efforts of local NGO Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), Bun Sen met her 101-year-old big sister, Bun Chea, and her 92-year-old younger brother last week.
Advocates representing Cambodian Americans and supporters from across the United States are protesting the recent arrest of two refugees who fled Cambodia decades ago.
Saman Pho, a 43-year-old construction worker and father of four from Oakland and Sakun Phok, a grandfather in San Jose, were reportedly ordered to report to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement on Sansome Street on Thursday morning.
A judge in Los Angeles ordered federal immigration officials to temporarily halt any surprise raids on Cambodian immigrants living in the U.S. with deportation orders.
Khmer Rouge Leaders Finally Convicted for the Cambodian Genocide That Killed Up to 1.8 Million
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia. In 1979, after killing around two million Cambodians, the Khmer Rouge were finally taken out of power. In 2018, after two surviving members were put on trial, the killings have finally been ruled a genocide.
According to the BBC, a tribunal found Noun Chea, the 92-year old former Khmer Rouge deputy, and Khieu Samphan, the 87-year old former head of state, guilty of genocide among numerous other significant crimes, including enslavement and torture. They were already serving life sentences prior.