Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 28 October 2010 - Remarks by the Secretary-General at the Tuol Sleng Genocide MuseumThirty years have passed. Yet here, in this tragic place, we still hear the echoes. The cries of human misery. The agony. The deadly silence of so many lives, lost so brutally.
We see their faces. And tears still fall. Humbly, and with great sorrow, we do more than remember. The people of Cambodia seek, and deserve, justice. That is why an entire nation watched the trial of the man who ran this prison. The conviction of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was a milestone in Cambodia's journey for justice.
We know it is difficult to relive this terrible chapter in your history. But I want you to know: Your courage sends a powerful message to the world: that there can be no impunity, that crimes against humanity shall not go unpunished. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia is showing that.
I will never forget my visit here today. In this place of horror, ladies and gentlemen, let the human spirit triumph. Words cannot do justice. But we can. Thank you, people of Cambodia, for leading the way.
Statements on 28 October 2010
- Hanoi-New York, 28 October 2010 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
- Hanoi, Vietnam/New York, USA, 28 October 2010 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the natural disasters in Indonesia
- Rabat, Morocco, 28 October 2010 - Secretary-General's message to Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean