The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) organized a program to bring about 200 youth from Ba Phnom district in Prey Veng province to learn the history of Democratic Kampuchea at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Field. The purpose of the study tour, May 17, 2023, is to encourage young people to better understand and remember the tragedy of the Cambodian people under the Khmer Rouge regime and the crime prosecutions committed during that brutal regime.
At Toul Sleng Genocide Museum premise, the group was welcomed and briefed by the Public Affairs Officer of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal about the trial process on former seniors Khmer Rouge leaders and the legacies of the ECCC. After the presentation, the youths started touring the Museum and continued their program to the Choeung Ek Genocide Center to learn the history in those museums. As expected, after completing one today tour, the youth expected to receive a wealth information and knowledge about the trial process of former Khmer Rouge leaders, brutal torture and massacre of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge group and the sacrifices of the Cambodian government in liberating the country from that genocidal regime.
Mr. KUN Ponlok, a representative of the youth leader, emphasized that this visit is very important for the younger generation so that they can remember and better understand the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime against the Cambodian people. He added that participation in the program provided the group more aware on the history of Democratic Kampuchea.
Ponlok added that, on behalf of the participations today, he would like to express his appreciation and gratitude for the win-win policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia, which has led the country to bring peace and social stability. He also thanked the ECCC for organizing this event so that they could understand, visit the crime scene left over from the Khmer Rouge regime and see the development in Phnom Penh today.
ECCC organizes weekly study tours for students, youth, and the public to promote remembrance and participation in preventing the return of the atrocities such as the Khmer Rouge regime. Since the beginning to 2023, more than half a million national and international public have participated in the study tour under the coordination of the Public Affairs Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia.