Definition of Khmer Rouge

1. Noun. A communist organization formed in Cambodia in 1970; became a terrorist organization in 1975 when it captured Phnom Penh and created a government that killed an estimated three million people; was defeated by Vietnamese troops but remained active until 1999.

Definition of Khmer Rouge

1. Proper noun. A Cambodian communist guerrilla force active from the 1970s to the 1990s under the leadership of Pol Pot. ¹

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Literary usage of Khmer Rouge

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1. Cambodia at War by Dinah PoKempner, Human Rights Watch/Asia, Arms Project (Human Rights Watch), Human Rights Watch (Organization) (1995)
"HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE Khmer Rouge There is little sign that the ideology, leadership, or social regulations of the Khmer Rouge have changed ..."

2. Land Mines in Cambodia: The Coward's War, September 1991 by Eric Stover, Asia Watch, Asia Watch Committee (U.S.), Asia Watch Committee (U.S., Physicians for Human Rights, Rae McGrath, Physicians for Human Rights (U.S.) (1991)
"The Khmer Rouge The break between the Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese led to tension ... In the less than four years that the Khmer Rouge ruled, more than one ..."

3. Political Control, Human Rights, and the UN Mission in Cambodia by Dinah PoKempner (1992)
"Khmer Rouge violations of the ceasefire have been numerous and continuing. Since January 1992, the Khmer Rouge have engaged Phnom Penh forces in Kompong ..."

4. Low-Intensity Conflict in the Third World by Stephen Blank, Lewis B. Ware, Air University (U.S.). Press (1988)
"That party, which they later renamed the Kampuchean Communist party, guided what [Cambodia's leader, Prince] Sihanouk called the Khmer Rouge ..."

5. Landmines: A Deadly Legacy by Arms Project (Human Rights Watch), Physicians for Human Rights (U.S.) (1993)
"The Khmer Rouge seemed to use mines in a somewhat more sophisticated ... The Khmer Rouge often used mines to channel and control population movements. ..."

6. The Cold War in Asia edited by James G. Hershberg (1996)
"Only a handful survived the Khmer Rouge regime, and only two or three returned to work in the library once the Khmer Rouge were driven out in 1979. ..."

7. Human Rights Watch World Report 2000 by Human Rights Watch (Organization), Human Rights Watch Staff, Human Rights Watch (1999)
"By midyear, all surviving members of the top Khmer Rouge leadership—Khieu ... When former Khmer Rouge Standing Committee members Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea ..."

8. Asia in the 21st Century: Evolving Strategic Priorities by Michael D. Bellows (1994)
"And Thailand, although there's still some leakage across the border and some lower military units look like they're still cooperating with the Khmer Rouge, ..."

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