Cambodian PM wants ban on denial of Khmer Rouge killings
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called for a new law banning statements denying that genocide was committed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s.
The strongman called for legislation similar to that barring Holocaust denial in countries such as Germany and France, after comments attributed to a member of the opposition emerged, questioning the Khmer Rouge's role in a notorious prison under the hardline communist regime.
"In Europe, anyone who dares to say Hitler did not kill people will be prosecuted," Mr Hun Sen, himself a former cadre of the murderous regime, said during a ceremony in the capital Phnom Penh.
He urged Parliament to ensure that anyone claiming that the Khmer Rouge were not "genocidal" would face punishment.