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Having lost family members in the Khmer Rouge regime, Phreaktra Neath now hosts Cambodia's top-rated television program covering the current UN-sponsored trials of the regime's former leaders. "Time for Justice" looks at what these trials mean for him and for Cambodia as a whole.

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Directed by David Wardell.

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Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed an estimated two million people in Cambodia.
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In 2008, the UN sponsored Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which were established to prosecute some Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity.
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The trial of Kaing Guek Eav (nicknamed "Duch"), former head of S21, the interrogation and torture center of the Khmer Rouge regime, began on March 30, 2009.
PHREAKTRA NEATH [News anchor]
My mother is an orphan in the Khmer Rouge regime. Her parents died during the Khmer Rouge regime. So, right now, we don't know why the Khmer Rouge killed my grandparents, not only my grandparents, but also my relatives. Every family in Cambodia lose minimum one member of their family. Cambodian people are victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. We have around two million people die in the Khmer Rouge era. So, it is, right now, time to talk.
PHREAKTRA NEATH
Our program is a popular program because Cambodian people have no time to watch all of Duch's trial, because they are busy with their daily life, the difficulty in their daily life. They think first, what I have to eat today? They want justice, they need justice, because every family lose a member in the Khmer Rouge regime. Our program is not only to inform the Cambodian people, but also a part of the justice for them, because they can understand why the Khmer Rouge killed Khmer, and how the Khmer Rouge Tribunal brings justice for them. It is very, very important for me and also for the Cambodian people.
PHREAKTRA NEATH
You know, the Khmer Rouge history is not only a Cambodian problem. It's a world problem. So, people in the world should know what happened in Cambodia. It's a good lesson for the world to learn. Right now, it's a globalization era. It's time to, all people, to learn the lesson in the past and look to the future.