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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

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Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

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Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Khmer Rouge tribunal / Khmer Rouge leaders committed genocide of minorities, international tribunal finds

By: Leonie Kijewski - Posted on: November 16, 2018 | Best of 2018

Two Khmer Rouge leaders have been found guilty of genocide of minorities, in a landmark moment for the court and the country

Former Khmer Rouge Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea Nuon Chea (C) in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh Photo: Mark Peters / ECCC

Speaking in front of hundreds of visitors, Khmer Rouge Tribunal chamber judge Nil Nonn announced the long-awaited verdict today in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

Nuon Chea, the “loyal right-hand man” of Democratic Kampuchea’s leader Pol Pot, was found guilty of genocide of both the ethnic Vietnamese and Muslim Cham minorities. Khieu Samphan, the regime’s head of state, was found guilty of genocide against the Vietnamese, but – due to a lack of effective command – not of the Cham.

The Cham were prohibited from any religious practice, forced to eat pork and wear the same dress and haircuts as the Khmer people, the judge said. Those who resisted would be arrested and often killed.

While unable to determine a definite number of victims, he said the Cham were killed on “a massive scale”.

Belonging to the ethnic Vietnamese group carried a similar fate during the regime. “All Vietnamese soldiers and civilians who entered S-21 were labelled as spies and considered enemies,” Nonn said about the prison in the capital, which is also known as Tuol Sleng. “The fate of these prisoners was a foregone conclusion as they were all ultimately subject to execution.”

Vietnamese were subject to persecution, torture, and killing outside the notorious high-level prison as well.

The guilty verdict comes as no surprise to Victor Koppe, the international defence lawyer for Chea, who told Southeast Asia Globe before the announcement of the verdict that he only expected “maybe a few small acquittals.”

He and his team would, Koppe said, not accept the conviction: “Everything that can be appealed will be appealed,” he said.

Anta Guissé, defence council for Samphan, also expressed her disappointment with the judgment and said her team would appeal the decision.

Former Khmer Rouge Head of State Khieu Samphan in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh Photo: ECCC / Flickr

Samphan and Nuon were also convicted of crimes against humanity in the form of murder, extermination, torture, religious persecution, enslavement, and a host of other crimes.

And aside from delivering a first-time genocide verdict, it is also the first time the court has found someone guilty of forced marriage.

“The evidence put before the Chamber clearly demonstrates a practice during the Democratic Kampuchea regime that was far from reflective of traditional Khmer wedding tradition,” Nonn said on passing the judgement.

“Families of future spouses were not involved at all in the negotiation, communities were not included, tradition was absent from wedding ceremonies, and individuals agreed to get married for fear of being punished by the party,” the judge added.

As Chea and Samphan have been sentenced to life imprisonment in a previous trial, the chamber merged the two sentences to one life imprisonment.

Bin Chhin (C), Cambodian permanent deputy prime minister, and Miguel de Serpa Soares (R), legal counsel of the United Nations, under-secretary-general for Legal Affaire, attend a press conference at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son Hun Many was in attendance at the court Photo: Mak Remissa / EPA-EFE

In a press conference after the verdict, national lead-prosecutor Chea Leang said that although the two accused had been sentenced, the trial was not done yet.

“If the defence lawyers appeal to the supreme court chamber, the proceeding will continue… But it is not wise to actually forecast how much time it needs for the appeal process,” she said.

The appeal proceedings in Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan’s previous case lasted about two years.

When asked about the slow process, which has been a significant criticism of the court, international lead co-prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian acknowledged the issue.

“I certainly wish the tribunal would move faster… These cases are incredible complicated and complex… [but] I recognise there is a need to speed things up,” he said in a phone call to Southeast Asia Globe.

On the verdict, he said, “I do feel a great sense of satisfaction… It’s an important day for international jurisdiction and Cambodia.”

Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson echoed his sentiments in a statement, saying: “While ‘never again’ echoed frequently in the halls of the [Khmer Rouge] tribunal over the years, the fact is only today did that historic pledge become a final reality.”