Thursday, December 25, 2008

On December 25

On this day in ...
... 1998 (10 years ago today), Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, 2 former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that had reigned in terror over Cambodia 2 decades earlier, published letters asking to come out of hiding and return to society as "ordinary citizen[s]." At the time Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomed the request. But today both former leaders await trial before an internationalized criminal tribunal, as various IntLawGrrls have documented in our Khmer Rouge Accountability series.
... 2002, sports history was made when, her "blond hair cascad[ing] out of her helmet," "[h]er fingernails ... painted cherry red," Katie Hnida became the 1st woman to play Division I-A college football. Hnida tried in vain to kick an extra point for her team, the New Mexico Lobos, in a Las Vegas Bowl contest against the UCLA Bruins. She would succeed in a game the next year. Later Hnida (right) would reveal that while on her prior team, in Colorado, she had suffered sexual assault and sexual harassment. Earlier this year, she tried out for a minor league football team in Colorado.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

In the spirit of promoting a wider debate on the subject, I submit the following:

http://impossibleasflying.blogspot.com/2009/01/time-to-close-khmer-rouge-tribunal.html

As a former intern at the Tribunal, and someone who has followed it particularly with regards to the issue of victims' rights and participation, this is a difficult decision for me, but I believe that it is the right one. It would be better to suffer the shame of leaving mid-stream than to allow this Tribunal to proceed under the inaccurate mantle of "international justice."

Any comments on the post above would be very much welcomed. I am eager to have my mind changed, but don't believe that it is likely, under the current circumstances.