On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) organizes an outreach study tour for 200 students from Chomroern Vichea high school, HUN Sen Kampong Leav high school, and Angkor Institute in Prey Veng Town, Prey Veng province to visit Win-Win Memorial, Choeng Ek Genocide Center, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. ECCC’ Public Affair Section officer also delivered a presentation on the ECCC's legacy and residual works to group in the Win-Win Memorial premise.
Mr. TES Saban, Director of Administration of Prey Veng Town who leads the group praised and thanked the ECCC for setting up the program, saying that the youth would conferring benefit from the program by learning the truth about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and the importance of peace value. He also expressed his gratitude to the team of the Win-Win Memorial for organizing a group of guides to brief of his group to learn clearly about the Win-Win policy of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, which brings peace for Cambodia and develop all sectors.
Kuoch Sokunthea, a grade 12 student from HUN Sen Kampong Leav high school said that while participating in today study tour, she learns a lot from the Win-Win Memorial and Cambodian history on atrocities in Khmer Rouge regime. For Sokunthea, a clear understanding of Cambodia's history will help the younger generation understand the value of peace and contribute to preventing the non-recurrent atrocities as the Khmer Rouge regime.
Sokunthrea’ classmate, Poy Kimhong also said that he gained much new knowledge while participating in today's study tour. Kim Hong added that it is important to educate the younger generation to understand the suffering of the Cambodian people during the Khmer Rouge regime for protecting the non-recurrent atrocities. As a young generation, Kim Hong does not want such a brutal regime to happen again in Cambodia, though he suggests that young generations need to learn their history clearly, participating in maintaining peace and never discriminate against any race.
The weekly ECCC outreach study tour is conducted for students, young people, and the public seeks to raise awareness about atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. As more than 600,000 members of national and international public have taken part in outreach study tours since 2009 until present day, with the Public Affairs Section of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal coordinating them.
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