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The districts and municipalities in turn are further divided into communes khum and quarters sangkat. The United Nations designates Cambodia as a least developed country.
Most rural households depend on agriculture and its related sub-sectors. Rice , fish, timber, garments, and rubber are Cambodia's major exports.
The International Rice Research Institute IRRI reintroduced more than traditional rice varieties to Cambodia from its rice seed bank in the Philippines.
Based on the Economist, IMF: Annual average GDP growth for the period — was 7. Tourism was Cambodia's fastest-growing industry, with arrivals increasing from , in to over 2 million in In , inflation was at 1.
In the Cambodia country assessment "Where Have All The Poor Gone? Cambodia Poverty Assessment ", the World Bank concludes: "Over the seven years from through , Cambodian economic growth was tremendous, ranking amid the best in the world.
Moreover, household consumption increased by nearly 40 percent. And this growth was pro-poor—not only reducing inequality but also proportionally boosting poor people's consumption further and faster than that of the non-poor.
As a result, the poverty rate dropped from However, the majority of these people escaped poverty only slightly: they remain highly vulnerable—even to small shocks—which could quickly bring them back into poverty.
The success story means the Southeast Asian nation that overcame a vicious civil war now is classified as a lower-middle income economy by the World Bank Group WBG.
Among 69 countries that have comparable data, Cambodia ranked fourth in terms of the fastest poverty reduction in the world from — See more details of Cambodia's achievements on poverty reduction.
The poverty rate fell to 10 percent in , and further reduction of poverty is expected for both urban and rural households throughout — However, human development, particularly in the areas of health and education, remains an important challenge and development priority for Cambodia" .
Oil and natural gas deposits found beneath Cambodia's territorial waters in yield great potential but remain mostly untapped, due in part to territorial disputes with Thailand.
The National Bank of Cambodia is the central bank of the kingdom and provides regulatory oversight to the country's banking sector and is responsible in part for increasing the foreign direct investment in the country.
Between and the number of regulated banks and micro-finance institutions increased from 31 covered entities to over 70 individual institutions underlining the growth within the Cambodian banking and finance sector.
In , Credit Bureau Cambodia was established with direct regulatory oversight by the National Bank of Cambodia.
One of the largest challenges facing Cambodia is still the fact that the older population often lacks education, particularly in the countryside, which suffers from a lack of basic infrastructure.
Fear of renewed political instability and corruption within the government discourage foreign investment and delay foreign aid, although there has been significant aid from bilateral and multilateral donors.
Cambodia ranked among the worst places in the world for organised labour in the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC Global Rights Index, landing in the category of countries with "no guarantee of rights".
In April Cambodia's National Assembly has adopted a Law on Trade Unions. The International Labour Organization Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR, has noted that the law has "several key concerns and gaps".
Independent unions and employers remain divided. A law was necessary to rein in the country's unions, Van Sou Ieng said. According to GMAC, last year there were 3, unions for the more than , workers employed in the country's garment and textile exporting factories, and 58 footwear factories.
Though garment production is already Cambodia's largest industry, which accounts for Those who criticise [the law] should do businesses, and [then] they will understand.
Better Factories Cambodia was created in as a unique partnership between the UN's International Labour Organization ILO and the International Finance Corporation IFC , a member of the World Bank Group.
The programme engages with workers, employers, and governments to improve working conditions and boost the competitiveness of the garment industry.
The members of the PAC concurred with the findings of the evaluation related to the impact the programme has had on the Cambodian garment sector and workers, including: a.
The tourism industry is the country's second-greatest source of hard currency after the textile industry. Besides Phom Penh and Angkor Wat, other tourist destinations include Sihanoukville in the southwest which has several popular beaches and Battambang in the northwest, both of which are popular stops for backpackers who make up a significant portion of visitors to Cambodia.
Tourism has increased steadily each year in the relatively stable period since the UNTAC elections. Most international arrivals in were Chinese.
The Angkor Wat historical park in Siem Reap Province , the beaches in Sihanoukville, the capital city Phnom Penh, and Cambodia's casinos up from just 57 in  are the main attractions for foreign tourists.
Cambodia's reputation as a safe destination for tourism however has been hindered by civil and political unrest    and several high-profile examples of serious crime committed against tourists visiting the kingdom.
Cambodia's tourist souvenir industry employs a lot of people around the main places of interest. The quantity of souvenirs that are produced is not sufficient to face the increasing number of tourists and a majority of products sold to the tourists on the markets are imported from China, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Cambodian economy. Agriculture accounted for 90 percent of GDP in and employed approximately 80 percent of the workforce.
Rice is the principal commodity. Major secondary crops include maize , cassava , sweet potatoes , groundnuts , soybeans , sesame seeds , dry beans, and rubber.
The principal commercial crop is rubber. In the s it was an important primary commodity, second only to rice, and one of the country's few sources of foreign exchange.
The civil war and neglect severely damaged Cambodia's transport system. With assistance from other countries, Cambodia has been upgrading the main highways to international standards and most are vastly improved from Most main roads are now paved.
Cambodia has two rail lines, totalling about kilometres miles of single, one-metre 3-footinch gauge track. Trains are again running to and from the Cambodian capital and popular destinations in the south.
Cambodia's road traffic accident rate is high by world standards. In , the number of road fatalities per 10, vehicles was ten times higher in Cambodia than in the developed world, and the number of road deaths had doubled in the preceding three years.
Cambodia's extensive inland waterways were important historically in international trade. The Mekong and the Tonle Sap River, their numerous tributaries, and the Tonle Sap provided avenues of considerable length, including 3, kilometres 2, miles navigable all year by craft drawing 0.
Cambodia has two major ports, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, and five minor ones. Phnom Penh, at the junction of the Bassac , the Mekong, and the Tonle Sap Rivers, is the only river port capable of receiving 8, ton ships during the wet season and 5,ton ships during the dry season.
With increasing economic activity has come an increase in automobile use, though motorcycles still predominate. Cyclos are unique to Cambodia in that the cyclist sits behind the passenger seat.
Cambodia has three commercial airports. In , they handled a record of 10 million passengers. Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport is the second busiest, and serves the most international flights in and out of Cambodia.
Sihanouk International Airport , is in the coastal city of Sihanoukville. The first official census conducted by the French protectorate of Cambodia was in ; however, only men aged 20 to 60 were counted as its purpose was for the collection of taxes.
At present, fifty percent of the Cambodian population is younger than 22 years old. The total fertility rate in Cambodia was 2.
Cambodia's population is largely homogeneous. Its minority groups include Chams 1. The Khmers historically have lived near the lower Mekong River in a contiguous diagonal arc, from where modern-day Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia meet in the northwest, all the way to the mouth of the Mekong River in southeastern Vietnam.
The Vietnamese are the second-largest ethnic minority in Cambodia, with an estimated 16, living in provinces concentrated in the southeast of the country adjacent to the Mekong Delta.
Although the Vietnamese language has been determined to be a Mon—Khmer language, there are very few cultural connections between the two peoples because the early Khmers were influenced by the Indian cultural sphere while the Vietnamese are part of the Chinese cultural sphere.
Chinese Cambodians are approximately 0. Most are urban dwellers, engaged primarily in commerce. The indigenous ethnic groups of the mountains are known collectively as Montagnards or Khmer Loeu , a term meaning "Highland Khmer".
They are descended from neolithic migrations of Mon—Khmer speakers via southern China and Austronesian speakers from insular Southeast Asia.
Being isolated in the highlands, the various Khmer Loeu groups were not Indianized like their Khmer cousins and consequently are culturally distant from modern Khmers and often from each other, observing many pre-Indian-contact customs and beliefs.
The Cham are descended from the Austronesian people of Champa , a former kingdom on the coast of central and southern present-day Vietnam and former rival to the Khmer Empire.
The Cham in Cambodia number under a million and often maintain separate villages in the southeast of the country.
Almost all Cham in Cambodia are Muslims. The Khmer language is a member of the Mon—Khmer subfamily of the Austroasiatic language group. French , once the language of government in Indochina , is still spoken by many older Cambodians, and is also the language of instruction in some schools and universities that are funded by the government of France.
There is also a French-language newspaper and some TV channels are available in French. Cambodia is a member of La Francophonie.
Cambodian French , a remnant of the country's colonial past, is a dialect found in Cambodia and is sometimes used in government, particularly in court.
Since , there has been a growing use of English, which has been replacing French as the main foreign language. English is widely taught in several universities and there is also a significant press in that language, while street signs are now bilingual in Khmer and English.
The Khmer script is derived from the South Indian Pallava script. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia, practised by more than 95 percent of the population with an estimated 4, monastery temples throughout the country.
The close interrelationship between spirits and the community, the efficacy of apotropaic and luck-attracting actions and charms, and the possibility of manipulating one's life through contact with spiritual entities such as the "baromey" spirits originates from the native folk religion.
Hinduism has left little trace beyond the magical practices of Tantricism and a host of Hindu gods now assimilated into the spirit world for example, the important neak ta spirit called Yeay Mao is the modern avatar of the Hindu goddess Kali.
Mahayana Buddhism is the religion of the majority of Chinese and Vietnamese in Cambodia. Elements of other religious practices, such as the veneration of folk heroes and ancestors, Confucianism , and Taoism mix with Chinese Buddhism are also practised.
Cambodian life expectancy was 75 years in ,  a major improvement since when the average life expectancy was Cambodia's infant mortality rate has decreased from 86 per 1, live births in to 24 in In the province with worst health indicators, Ratanakiri , Cambodia was once one of the most landmined countries in the world.
According to some estimates, unexploded land mines have been responsible for over 60, civilian deaths and thousands more maimed or injured since The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is responsible for establishing national policies and guidelines for education in Cambodia.
The Cambodian education system is heavily decentralised, with three levels of government, central, provincial, and district — responsible for its management.
The constitution of Cambodia promulgates free compulsory education for nine years, guaranteeing the universal right to basic quality education. The Cambodian census estimated that The education system in Cambodia continues to face many challenges, but during the past years, there have been significant improvements, especially in terms of primary net enrolment gains, the introduction of program based-budgeting, and the development of a policy framework which helps disadvantaged children to gain access to education.
The country has also significantly invested in vocational education , especially in rural areas, to tackle poverty and unemployment.
Traditionally, education in Cambodia was offered by the wats Buddhist temples , thus providing education exclusively for the male population.
Education has also suffered setbacks from child labour , A study by Kim reports that most employed children in Cambodia are enrolled in school but their employment is associated with late school entry, negative impacts on their learning outcomes, and increased drop out rates.
With respect to academic performance among Cambodian primary school children, research showed that parental attitudes and beliefs played a significant role.
The study further found that "length of residence" of parents in the community in which they stay predicted better academic achievement among their children.
Overall, the study pointed out to the role of social capital in educational performance and access in the Cambodian society in which family attitudes and beliefs are central to the findings.
In , Cambodia had a homicide rate of 2. Prostitution is illegal in Cambodia but yet appears to be prevalent. In a series of interviews of women about prostitution, three quarters of the interviewees found being a prostitute to be a norm and a profession they felt was not shameful having.
On 18 August , Prime Minister Hun Sen signed a directive banning the Finance Ministry from issuing new online gambling licenses, while operators currently holding online licenses would only be allowed to continue operating until those licenses expire.
The directive cited the fact that "some foreigners have used this form of gambling to cheat victims inside and outside the country" as justifying the new policy.
Various factors contribute to the Cambodian culture including Theravada Buddhism , Hinduism , French colonialism , Angkorian culture, and modern globalization.
The Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is responsible for promoting and developing Cambodian culture. Cambodian culture not only includes the culture of the lowland ethnic majority, but also some 20 culturally distinct hill tribes colloquially known as the Khmer Loeu , a term coined by Norodom Sihanouk to encourage unity between the highlanders and lowlanders.
Rural Cambodians wear a krama scarf which is a unique aspect of Cambodian clothing. The sampeah is a traditional Cambodian greeting or a way of showing respect to others.
Khmer culture, as developed and spread by the Khmer empire , has distinctive styles of dance, architecture, and sculpture, which have been exchanged with neighbouring Laos and Thailand throughout history.
Angkor Wat Angkor means "city" and Wat means "temple" is the best-preserved example of Khmer architecture from the Angkorian era along with hundreds of other temples that have been discovered in and around the region.
Traditionally, the Khmer people have a recorded information on Tra leaves. Tra leaf books record legends of the Khmer people, the Ramayana, the origin of Buddhism and other prayer books.
They are taken care of by wrapping in cloth to protect from moisture and the climate. Popular games include soccer, kicking a sey, which is similar to a footbag , and chess.
Based on the classical Indian solar calendar and Theravada Buddhism, the Cambodian New Year is a major holiday that takes place in April.
Recent artistic figures include singers Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea and later Preap Sovath and Sokun Nisa , who introduced new musical styles to the country.
Every year, Cambodians visit pagodas across the country to mark the Pchum Ben Ancestors' Day. During the day festival, people offer prayers and food to the spirits of their dead relatives.
For most of the Cambodians, it is a time to remember their relatives, who died during — Khmer Rouge regime. Rice is the staple grain, as in other Southeast Asian countries.
Fish from the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers is also an important part of the diet. The cuisine of Cambodia contains tropical fruits, soups and noodles.
Key ingredients are kaffir lime , lemon grass , garlic, fish sauce , soy sauce , curry , tamarind , ginger , oyster sauce , coconut milk and black pepper.
The country also boasts various distinct local street foods, such as fried spiders. French influence on Cambodian cuisine includes the Cambodian red curry with toasted baguette bread.
The toasted baguette pieces are dipped in the curry and eaten. Cambodian red curry is also eaten with rice and rice vermicelli noodles. Probably the most popular dine out dish, kuy teav , is a pork broth rice noodle soup with fried garlic, scallions , green onions that may also contain various toppings such as beef balls , shrimp , pork liver or lettuce.
Kampot pepper is reputed to be the best in the world and accompanies crab at the Kep crab shacks and squid in the restaurants on the Ou Trojak Jet river.
Cambodians drink plenty of tea, grown in Mondulkiri Province and around Kirirom. When it's dark enough, the tea is decanted into another cup and plenty of sugar added, but no milk.
Lemon tea tai kdao kroich chhmaa , made with Chinese red-dust tea and lemon juice, is refreshing both hot and iced and is generally served with a hefty dose of sugar.
Regarding coffee, the beans are generally imported from Laos and Vietnam — although domestically produced coffee from Ratanakiri Province and Mondulkiri Province can be found in some places.
Beans are traditionally roasted with butter and sugar, plus various other ingredients that might include anything from rum to pork fat, giving the beverage a strange, sometimes faintly chocolatey aroma.
Cambodia has several industrial breweries, located mainly in Sihanoukville Province and Phnom Penh. There are also a growing number of microbreweries in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
As of [update] , there are 12 brewpubs or microbreweries in Cambodia. Rice wine is a popular alcoholic drink. Its quality varies widely and it is often infused with fruits or medicinal herbs.
Khmer women are traditionally expected to be modest, soft-spoken, well-mannered,  industrious,  act as the family's caregivers and caretakers  and financial controllers,  maintain their virginity until marriage, become faithful wives,  and act as advisors to their husbands.
Football soccer is one of the most popular sports, although professional organised sports are not as prevalent in Cambodia as in western countries because of the economic conditions.
Soccer was brought to Cambodia by the French and became popular with the locals. Western sports such as basketball, volleyball, bodybuilding, field hockey, rugby union, golf, and baseball are gaining popularity.
Volleyball is by far the most popular sport in the country. Native sports include traditional boat racing , buffalo racing, Pradal Serey , Khmer traditional wrestling and Bokator.
Cambodia first participated in the Olympics during the Summer Olympic Games sending equestrian riders. Cambodia also hosted the GANEFO Games, the alternative to the Olympics, in the s.
Cambodian dance can be divided into three main categories: Khmer classical dance , folk dance, and social dances. The exact origins of Khmer classical dance are disputed.
Most native Khmer scholars trace modern dance forms back to the time of Angkor , seeing similarities in the temple engravings of the period, while others hold that modern Khmer dance styles were learned or re-learned from Siamese court dancers in the s.
Khmer classical dance is the form of stylised performance art established in the royal courts of Cambodia exhibited for both entertainment and ceremonial purposes.
Cambodian folk dance, often performed to mahori music, celebrates the various cultural and ethnic groups of Cambodia. Folk dances originated in the villages and are performed, for the most part, by the villagers for the villagers.
Typically faster-paced than classical dance, folk dances display themes of the "common person" such as love, comedy or warding off evil spirits.
Social dances are those performed by guests at banquets, parties or other informal social gatherings.
Khmer traditional social dances are analogous to those of other Southeast Asian nations. Examples include the circle dances Romvong and Romkbach as well as Saravan and Lam Leav.
Main article: Cambodian genocide denial. Forced Migration and Mortality. National Academies Press. As best as can now be estimated, over two million Cambodians died during the s because of the political events of the decade, the vast majority of them during the mere four years of the 'Khmer Rouge' regime.
This number of deaths is even more staggering when related to the size of the Cambodian population, then less than eight million.
Subsequent reevaluations of the demographic data situated the death toll for the [civil war] in the order of , or less.
Critical Asian Studies. We may safely conclude, from known pre- and post-genocide population figures and from professional demographic calculations, that the death toll was between 1.
European Review of History. Since , the so-called Pol Pot regime has been equated to Hitler and the Nazis. This is why the word 'genocide' associated with Nazism has been used for the first time in a distinctly Communist regime by the invading Vietnamese to distance themselves from a government they had overturned.
This 'revisionism' was expressed in several ways. The Khmer Rouge were said to have killed 3. There was one abominable state prison, S—21, now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
In fact, there were more than on the same model, at least one per district. For the United States in particular, denouncing the crimes of the Khmer Rouge was not at the top of their agenda in the early s.
Instead, as in the case of Afghanistan, it was still at times vital to counter what was perceived as the expansionist policies of the Soviets.
The USA prioritised its budding friendship with the Democratic Republic of China to counter the 'evil' influence of the USSR in Southeast Asia, acting through its client state, revolutionary Vietnam.
All the ASEAN countries shared that vision. So it became vital, with the military and financial help of China, to revive and develop armed resistance to the Vietnamese troops, with the resurrected KR at its core.
In so doing, the international community officially reintegrated some of the worst perpetrators of crimes against humanity into the world diplomatic sphere Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot.
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Sak, The Khmer Republic at War and the Final Collapse. Washington, D. Asia Time. World Peace Foundation. Retrieved 19 July On the higher end of estimates, journalist Elizabeth Becker writes that 'officially, more than half a million Cambodians died on the Lon Nol side of the war; another , were said to have died in the Khmer Rouge zones.
Others' attempts to verify the numbers suggest a lower number. Demographer Patrick Heuveline has produced evidence suggesting a range of , to , violent deaths from to In an article reviewing different sources about civilian deaths during the civil war, Bruce Sharp argues that the total number is likely to be around , violent deaths.
Many attempts have been made to count or estimate the scale of deaths under the KR. While the KR officials claim that only around 20, civilians were killed, the true estimate likely falls somewhere between million total deaths, with upper range estimates of those directly killed by the regime approaching 1 million.
One of the more thorough demographic studies, conducted by Patrick Heuveline, also attempts to separate out violent civilian deaths from a general increase in mortality caused by famine, disease, working conditions, or other indirect causes.
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A total of 23, Bunong were thought to be living in Cambodia and in Vietnam in the early s. The Bunong practice dry-rice farming, and some also cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and other useful plants as secondary crops.
Some subgroups weave cloth. At least two of the Bunong subgroups have matrilineal descent. Monogamy is the predominant form of marriage, and residence is usually matrilocal.
Wealth distinctions are measured by the number of buffalo that a notable person sacrifices on a funereal or ceremonial occasion as a mark of status and as a means of eliciting social approval.
Slavery is known to have existed in the past, but the system allowed a slave to gain freedom. The Stieng are closely related to the Bunong.
Both groups straddle the Cambodian-Vietnamese border, and their languages belong to the same subfamily of Mon—Khmer. In the Cambodian Stieng numbered about 20, in all.
The Stieng cultivate dry-field rice. Their society is apparently patriarchal, and residence after marriage is patrilocal if a bride-price was paid.
The groups have a very loose political organization; each village has its own leaders and tribunals.
Several small groups, perhaps totalling no more than 10, people in Cambodia and eastern Thailand, make up the Pearic group. The main members are the Pear in Battambang , Pursat , and Kampong Thom provinces; the Chong in Thailand and Battambang Province; the Saoch in Kampot Province ; the Samre in what was formerly Siem Reap Province ; and the Suoi in Kampong Chhnang Province.
Some believe that this group constitutes the remnant of the pre-Khmer population of Cambodia. Many members of the Pearic group grow dry-field rice, which they supplement by hunting and by gathering.
They have totemic clans, each headed by a chief who inherited his office patrilineally. Marriage occurs at an early age; there is a small bride-price.
Residence may be matrilocal until the birth of the first child, or it may be patrilocal as it is among the Saoch.
The village headman is the highest political leader. The Saoch have a council of elders who judge infractions of traditional law.
Two chief sorcerers, whose main function is to control the weather, play a major role in Pearic religion.
Among the Saoch , a corpse is buried instead of being burned as among the Khmer. The Austronesian groups of Jarai and E De also known as Rhade, or Rade form two of the largest ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
Both groups spill over into northeastern Cambodia, and they share many cultural similarities. The total Jarai population stands at about ,; the E De number about , According to population figures, there were 10, Jarai and 15, E De in Cambodia in the late s.
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Aufgrund eines Interessenkonflikts zwischen der UN und der Regierung Kambodschas fand der erste Prozess formal erst im Jahr statt.
Vor allem aus dieser Gruppe, und hier insbesondere den Jugendlichen ohne Bindung an Dorfgemeinschaft oder Landeigentum, rekrutierten sich die Roten Khmer.
Die Roten Khmer hatten ihren Ursprung in der Kommunistischen Partei Kambodschas , die aus der indochinesischen KP entstand und sich anfangs Revolutionäre Volkspartei der Khmer RVPK und später Arbeiterpartei von Kampuchea WPK nannte.
Im linken Flügel dieser Miliz, dessen Angehörige Norodom Sihanouk abschätzig als Khmer Viet Minh bezeichnete, fanden sich spätere Führungskader der Roten Khmer wie zum Beispiel Ta Mok und Keo Meas wieder.
Zudem hatte Kambodscha mit der Indochinakonferenz die Unabhängigkeit erreicht, womit viele Kämpfer ihre Ziele als erreicht ansahen und sich die Khmer Issarak nahezu vollständig auflösten.
Ein Zirkel von ehemaligen Studenten aus Paris um Pol Pot gewann daher zu dieser Zeit in der RVPK an Einfluss und übernahm nach der Ermordung von Samouth, die wahrscheinlich auf sie zurückgeht, Anfang die Parteiführung.
Diese ging bald darauf in den Untergrund, so dass ab eine kommunistische Guerillabewegung gegen das Regime von Sihanouk auf dem Land entstand. Im September benannte sich die WPK in Kommunistische Partei Kampucheas KPK um, womit Pol Pot möglicherweise eine Distanzierung von Hanoi und eine Annäherung an die Kommunistische Partei Chinas zu signalisieren beabsichtigte.
Januar kam es während des Samlaut-Aufstands zu einem Gefecht mit Regierungskräften, das später von den Roten Khmer als Geburtsstunde ihres militärischen Flügels gefeiert wurde.
Bis hatte Sihanouk Kambodscha aus den die Region erschütternden Krisen Vietnamkrieg und dessen Ausweitung auf Laos durch geschickte Diplomatie herausgehalten, und das Land galt als eines der politisch stabileren in Südostasien.
Den Vereinigten Staaten war es ein Dorn im Auge, dass die gegen die amerikanischen Truppen in Vietnam kämpfende vietnamesische FNL Vietcong den östlichen Teil des kambodschanischen Territoriums als Transportweg u.
Die FNL unterstützte die kommunistische Guerillabewegung in Kambodscha. Noch unter Sihanouks Herrschaft eskalierte der Stellvertreterkrieg im Osten Kambodschas insbesondere mit dem Beginn der Operation MENU.
Im Grenzgebiet zu Vietnam lagen und bekämpften sich somit nun der Vietcong , die Nordvietnamesische Armee NVA , die Roten Khmer, die Streitkräfte Kambodschas und die United States Air Force.
Nach seinem Sturz durch Lon Nol am Als nationale Identifikationsfigur konnte Sihanouk in erheblichem Umfang insbesondere die Landbevölkerung für seine Zwecke mobilisieren.
Während die Führung um Pol Pot, auch bekannt als Bruder Nr. Die Machtzentrale der Roten Khmer um Pol Pot und Nuon Chea , auch bekannt als Bruder Nr.
Diese waren als autonome Miliz in Reihen der Roten Khmer nur in der östlichen Verwaltungszone toleriert, aber im Jahr durch die zentrale Parteiführung aufgelöst worden.
Armeegeneral Lon Nol, dessen Putsch durch Amerika unterstützt worden war, erhielt von Washington umfangreiche Wirtschafts- und Militärhilfen.
Indem sie den Krieg gegen das kommunistische Nordvietnam und den Vietcong auf kambodschanischen Boden ausdehnten, opferten die USA die Integrität des letzten unabhängigen Staates Indochinas.
Ihre mit der Operation MENU beginnenden Flächenbombardements forderten mindestens Von amerikanischen B -Flugzeugen wurden vom 4.
Oktober bis zum August insgesamt 2. Am Die Stimmungslage kippte schnell, als Pol Pot und die Roten Khmer mit der Errichtung eines Terrorregimes begannen.
April wurde Norodom Sihanouk wegen seiner Kritik am Kurs der Roten Khmer als Staatsoberhaupt abgesetzt und unter Hausarrest gestellt, Khieu Samphan zum neuen Staatsoberhaupt und Pol Pot zum Regierungschef ernannt.
Eine Eigenheit der Herrschaft in Kambodscha, die sie von den anderen Diktaturen unterschied, war die völlige Geheimhaltung von Partei und führenden Funktionären.Die Roten Khmer (Khmer ខ្មែរក្រហម Khmêr Khrôm [kʰmaːe̯ kʰɽom]; Ihr Name leitet sich von der mehrheitlichen Ethnie Kambodschas, den Khmer, ab. Die Roten Khmer wollten die Gesellschaft mit Gewalt in einen. Kambodscha blieb zehn Jahre von Vietnam besetzt, die entmachteten Roten Khmer leisteten mit. Drei Jahre, acht Monate und 20 Tage dauerte die Schreckensherrschaft der Roten Khmer. Als die Vietnamesen ins Land einmarschierten, lag Kambodscha in. 40 Jahre nach dem Völkermord der Khmer Rouge, ist es für die Kambodschaner schwer, sich mit ihrer Zukunft abzufinden. Vier Jahre unter dem Regime der.