Cambodian Youth Find Out about Khmer Rouge Trial
Posted by khmernews on November 28, 2007
Phnom Penh: Around 200 Cambodian youth gathered in the Conference Center of World Vision to attend a youth conference on the Sustainable Network, Justice and Peace Building. The conference was held for two days from the 27th to the 29th of November with participating youth who are the volunteer network of the Khmer Youth Association from Takeo, Prey Veng, Kompong Cham, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kompong Chnang, and Svay Rieng.
Mr Him Yun, vice president of the Khmer Youth Association, said that the youth conference was held to build the capacity of members from various projects in order to share information regarding the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the current news about the Khmer Rouge trial. “Through this conference, the volunteer network activists will receive the knowledge regarding the sustainable network presented by honorary speakers. It is also a rare chance for the voluntary network activists to get to know each other, to share their experience, to continue to connect with each other, and to enjoy various fun activities,” he said.
The youth conference placed its foci on speeches given by some honorary speakers on the legal procedure, current news regarding the trial of former top leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, documents and evidence of the Khmer Rouge regime, justice and reconciliation, sustainable network of the Khmer Youth Association, the role of youth, and peace building, etc.
“The two-day youth conference is truly a special chance for all network members of the Khmer Youth Association who are present in the conference to get a better understanding from honorary speakers regarding important topics and is also a chance for the youth to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the network, to organise plans and strategic activities for the implementation in community by using existing resource in each community first,” said Chiv You Meng, president of the Khmer Youth Association. “This is the time youth can discuss, share their expeirence and talent, and join in all the conference activities,” said Chiv You Meng, “It will be the ‘capital’ to shape the good future for our youth.”
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 4448, Wednesday, November 28, 2007.