NETH Pheaktra, chief of Public Affairs Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), welcomed and briefed for 300 teachers from Preah Sihanouk province on the importance of the trial of crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime and its’ achievements, March 25, 2023, at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The study tour is organized by the Royal Government's working group to Preah Sihanoukv province to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for learning about the crimes committed during the Democratic Kampuchea regime and S-21 center.
The chief of Public Affairs informed the teachers that the Khmer Rouge tribunal had tried only two kinds of Khmer officials: the former senior leader and those responsible for the most serious crimes in Democratic Kampuchea Regime. He said the trial was aimed at providing justice to the victims, seeking truth, national reconciliation, psychological reconciliation of victims and remembrance about the crimes committed during the genocidal regime. Mr. Pheaktra added that the trial at the ECCC had been completed, as the result, Khieu Samphan, a former head of state of the Khmer Rouge regime, sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.
He added that the achievements made by the ECCC and the cause of the trial came from the national and people rescue, bringing full peace and the trial of those responsible on serious crime to provide the justice for victims. He added that teachers play an important role in disseminating knowledge related to the history of Democratic Kampuchea, as well as the trial proceedings held before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to prevent for having a brutal regime like the Khmer Rouge regime return to Cambodia again. Mr. NETH Pheaktra, chief of Public Affairs section, welcomed and presented to the teachers from Sihanoukville, a total of more than 1,630 people in the four study tour programs.
In addition to the above study tours, every week, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal also organizes study tours and briefs on the trial process of former senior leaders and those responsible for the Khmer Rouge regime to students, youth and the public for the remembrance and participate in preventing the return of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime. Since the beginning of court proceedings to 2023, more than half a million national and international public have participated in the study tour coordinated by the Public Affairs Section of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.