State Violence in Democratic Kampuchea (1975–1979) and Retribution (1979–2004)

  title={State Violence in Democratic Kampuchea (1975–1979) and Retribution (1979–2004)},
  author={Henri Locard},
  journal={European Review of History: Revue europ{\'e}enne d'histoire},
  pages={121 - 143}
  • H. Locard
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Political Science
  • European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
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