More Than 1 Million Complaints “Resurrected” (Cont.)

Posted by khmernews on February 22, 2008


(Continued from the previous issue)

In total, there are 1,166,307 complaints.

These complaints have so far been kept at the office of the Crimes Investigation Committee. The committee has summed up the properties and animals which were lost between 1975 and 1979. The damages include 635,522 houses; 1968 Buddhist pagodas; 108 Islamic mosques; 5,857 schools; 796 hospitals, infirmaries, and laboratories; 1,507,416 livestock animals; and many other valuables and material goods.
These complaints were disseminated by the Crimes Investigation Committee nationally and internationally, but no one seemed to care and satisfy the complainants or resolve the problems to appease them. However, as the Khmer Rouge tribunal has been established, the owners of more than 1.1 million complaints filed in 1982 are remembered again.

Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), said that some people thought that those complaints were issued with political tendency since at that time Cambodia was “entangled” with Vietnam. However, the director does not think the same because we know that the complainants are the real victims. “The important thing is that we must clear away their sufferings in order to find an acceptable reconciliation,” said Youk Chhang.

With regard to the complaints, the Documentation Center of Cambodia has discussed with the Khmer Rouge tribunal to urge the tribunal to include the complaints in dockets to be dealt with. Youk Chhang said that the Khmer Rouge tribunal told him to divide the complaints into three categories. First, he has to organize the complaints and put them into different types of crimes. Second, he has to make a conclusion. And third, he needs to go and meet the victims who filed the complaints 26 years ago.

The DC-Cam director announced that in 2008 his center is planning to meet only 10,000 victims in provinces. In early February, the center’s task force will go to provinces and districts to find the complainants. With a specific aim, the task force will cooperate with the complainants if they still want to file complaint against the Khmer Rouge regime. They will help them to fill out the new form.

The Documentation Center of Cambodia is claimed to be acting as the “Truth Commission” since they work to gratify victims. The victims and complainants who made complaints 26 years ago will be surprised when their submitted and buried complaints are eventually resurrected. They will be calmed down since the complaints about which they have nearly forgot or been hopeless have been taken back as they wish. This is a reconciliation which can reduce their sufferings.

(To be continued)

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 16, #4508, Wednesday, February 6, 2008.


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