ECCC Reparations

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

KR radio evidence comes home from UK

By Craig Guthrie

The Mekong Times

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) has received thousands of pages of Khmer Rouge (KR)-era radio transcripts from the University of Hull in the UK, a donation which its director says will be significant in strengthening the Khmer Rouge Tribunal's case against former KR leaders.

The documents consist of transcripts of programs and speeches broadcast on the KR's Radio Phnom Penh, intercepted by the US government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service, along with some mi­crofilms and other media clips, said DC-Cam Direc­tor Youk Chhang.

"Cambodia's history is like a shattered stained glass window. We need every piece to put it back to­gether," he said, adding that it's sad that these doc­uments have taken almost 30 years to come home.

Youk Chhang said many important documents were handed to Western countries in the 1980s for safekeeping. "Cambodia then had no effective ar­chiving system — they could have ended up wrap­ping deep fried bananas."

The evidence will now be catalogued, digitized and archived, he said.

Youk Chhang added that the design for a large new DC-Cam headquarters, covering six hectares in Phnom Penh's Boeung Trabek area, will be fi­nalized in three weeks and that construction will begin in 2009.

The center has also had "very positive" meet­ings with the National Institute for Education over teacher training as a DC-Cam initiated KR history program will soon be starting in the Cambodian curriculum. "Its time to fill the gap in Cambodia's education system ... This will be our [DC-Cam's] legacy," he said.

Radio Phnom Penh regularly broadcast party propaganda and events throughout the KR's bru­tal 3-and-a-half-year reign, with its leaders Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary often making speeches.

"More than 2,000 years of Cambodian history have ended," said one triumphant broadcast from late 1975.

Extracted from The Mekong Time

Issue No. 91

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


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