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US Embassy: Documentation Center of Cambodia Serve as Major Source of Information

Posted by khmernews on November 18, 2006

The United States government and Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) had reached an agreement of two millions dollar financial endowment for DC-Cam account; US Embassy to Cambodia issued report on August 22, 2005.M

Khmer Rough tribunal mainly relies on DC-Cam for any source of information. Washington’s fund for DC-Cam was usually not pay much attention for the center process from the beginning and some people said the United States did not care about Khmer Rough trials since it press on Khmer Rough trial but did not fund the tribunal.
At the time Khmer Rough court was created, it is critical needs support documents from DC-Cam and it has shown US fund for the center since 1995 is really advantage for Khmer Rough Trials.

Under the financial endowment in August, 2005, DC-Cam could achieve yearly interest of the two millions dollar that used for investment and the interest fee can be used to support core activity and any movement clearly set by DC-Cam. This is a good reason for the center in order to find more sponsor resource.

The endowment fee aid by American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is to assist DC-Cam to process smoothly and promote understanding and responsibility for genocide crimes in Khmer Rough era. Aid from the United States for record and preserve documents of Khmer Rough crimes begun in 1995 with fifty thousands dollars grand announce to Yale University to establish Cambodian Genocide Program (CGP) and then DC-Cam. Since then, the United States government had funded almost seven millions dollar for CGP and DC-Cam work. Potential evidences which will be shown in the upcoming Khmer Rough trials court are the result of the two institution research.

DC-Cam is the potential information resource for publics’ understanding of Khmer Rough regime and source for Cambodian people and international communities who want to solve and try genocide act, war crime and crime against humanity of Khmer Rough in Democratic Kampuchea, 1975-1979. DC-Cam recorded and preserved information and evidence orderly together with interview with ex-Khmer Rough officers, map making, joined-graves showing, magazine publication “Finding the Truth”, library equipped with voice recorder, pictures and  room for picture building as well as a training institution. It also has helped in social and emotional area for the victims suffered from Khmer Rough torture through Torture Victim Project.

An investigator said the DC-Cam is really crucial as now both Cambodian and international judges and prosecutors of Khmer Rough tribunal have nothing to be a proof for Khmer Rough leaders’ trials besides searching on documents from DC-Cam. If DC-Cam was not established on time it would be complicated to find evidence to try Khmer Rough as they can not make trials depend on documents left in Toul Sleng prison and Beoun Cherng Ek.

Extracted from:  Mo Nak Seka Khmer Vol.13 #2941, August 23, 2006

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