Those hopes are reflected in the curiosity of the villagers who visit the trials, and the commitment of the Cambodians who work there.
“If you talk to people here, their cultural differences are not so great,” says Andrew Cayley, the British subject who is the international co-prosecutor of the ECCC. “People know truth and lies. It’s the same wherever you go. People understand good and evil. They see it the same way we do. They may not express it because of social limitations here, but they know it. They get it.”
Peter S. Canellos is the Globe’s editorial page editor. He traveled to Cambodia last month on a fact-finding trip organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.