The Public Affairs Officer of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) briefs on the achievements of the ECCC to approximately 150 students from Bun Rany Hun Sen Meanchey High School and Hun Sen Skun high school in Cheung Prey district, Kampong Cham province, May 2, 2023. The briefing was conducted at the Win Win Memorial campus while the students attended the outreach study tour organized by the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
The Public Affairs Officer told the students that the ECCC had tried four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders and one person responsible for the most serious crimes. He said those former Khmer Rouge leaders included Nuon Chea, former national assembly president of Democratic Kampuchea and deputy secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, Khieu Samphan, former head of state of Democratic Kampuchea, Ieng Sary, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Ieng Thirith, minister of social affairs and Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, former chairman of S-21.
The officer added that that after the trial is over, the ECCC will implement the addendum to the agreement between the RGC and the UN on the transitional arrangement and the completion of work of the ECCC for three years from 2023 to 2025, some legal works including the comprehensive management and dissemination of the ECCC archive, education and dissemination of the ECCC achievements and legacy, and monitoring of the implementation of moral and collective reparations to civil parties.
The youth leader from Cheung Prey district who led the students for the study tour praised and thanked the Khmer Rouge tribunal for organizing this study tour program, saying that this visit will help the youth to understand the true history of the Khmer Rouge atrocities and understand the value of peace. He also thanked the head of the Royal Government for leading Cambodia to peace and develop in all sectors.
The students’ participation in the ECCC outreach study tour today were guided to explore historical sites related to the Democratic Kampuchea regime at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Genocide Center, and Win Win Memorial. At the end of the day visit, all students would receive a wealth of information and knowledge about the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, the brutal torture and massacre of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge regime, and the sacrifices of the Cambodian government in liberating the nation from the genocidal regime.
The ECCC outreach study tour is organized weekly for students, youth, and the public, as part of the remembrance and participation in preventing the return of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime. Since the first court proceedings until today,2023, more than half a million national and international public have participated in the outreach study tours under the coordination by the Public Affairs Section of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.