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Cambodians crave justice, but vigilantes fill the void

A young man, one shoe on and one off, sprints up the street. The mob gains ground, yanks his collar and shoves him to the ground. They kick and punch until he agrees to surrender to cops standing around the corner. The man tried to steal a woman’s purse, and this is how Cambodians frequently seek justice. He lives, but many alleged criminals do not. Lynchings, or “people’s courts,” are occurring, says analysts, because the Cambodian courts and police are widely viewed as corrupt. “While police intervention saved some lives, they frequently refused to act or were complicit in the violence,” said a 2003 Human Rights Watch report on Cambodia. Only two people have served prison time for participating in mob killings.Full Story

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