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Philip Gourevitch on crimes against humanity

More than three decades ago in Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge orchestrated the mass killing of two million people. Today, several Khmer Rouge leaders responsible for those atrocities are finally facing trial.

What transpired in Cambodia is just one example of the international community’s inability to prevent genocide. Decades later, there was widespread ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. And then, of course, there was Rwanda.

Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and author of “We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda,” has written extensively about genocide. He talks to Need to Know host Ray Suarez about what can be done to stop the carnage and punish those responsible.


  • Stolendreams

    No one brings up the atrocities Israel is committing towards the Palestinians & it’s happening now.  Every reporter is quick to point out Syria, Iraq, etc.etc. but never Israel, don’t you ever wonder????

  • Estamiran

    The Khmer Rouge leaders killed and killed with impunity. Victums were powerless. Victums in any genecide are powerless. It is up to all citizens to fight for justice. It may be an imperfect system of justice. Efforts to continually make the system justice better. It is unthinkable to give up on seeking justice. We are continually making our system of justice in the United States more just.