More Than 1 Million Complaints “Resurrected”

Posted by khmernews on February 22, 2008


The things which have been waited for 26 years have finally arrived. The things which have been buried without resolution are now being uncovered again. These are the 1,166,307 complaints of the victims of Democratic Kampuchea regime, having been brought back into discussion again to satisfy the hopeless complainants.
In other criminal courts in countries over the world, besides the judicial system, a committee “Truth Commission” has been established. However, the court in Cambodia does not have the committee. We only have the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), commonly known as the Khmer Rouge tribunal, composed of national and international co-judges and co-prosecutors. This tribunal is to try former top Khmer Rouge leaders and those most responsible for the Khmer Rouge regime in involvement with the crimes committed only between April 17, 1975 and January 6, 1979.

Although Cambodia does not have the Truth Commission, it has the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) to work similar role to that of the Truth Commission. All the documents, evidence and other Khmer Rouge-related things in Cambodia have been collected and maintained properly by the DC-Cam. Some expatriates said that for nearly 30 years Cambodia has done nothing to the mass killings. However, DC-Cam Director Youk Chhang said that during the People’s Republic of Kampuchea, Cambodia formed a committee called “Pol Pot’s Crimes Investigation” Committee in 1982. “A statement of official decision numbered 1619-82krs to create this committee was issued on October 5, 1982 by the “Country Council of the United Front for National Reconstruction and Protection of Cambodia”. The committee included 6 people: (1) Kin Min, former acting secretary general of the Country Council of the United Front, as director; (2) Sonthon Tith, former head of the office of administration of the headquarters of the Country Council of the United Front, as deputy director; (3) Kean Chea, former deputy director of the office of propaganda training and editing of the headquarters of the Country Council of the United Front, as deputy director; (4) Ly Kim, former cadre in the International Relations Department of the headquarters of the Country Council of the United Front, as member; (5) Seanglim Srun, cadre in the Office of Sum Total of the headquarters of the Country Council of the United Front, as member; and (6) Heng Seng as member,” pointed out Youk Chhang.

Article 3 of the statement stipulated that “the committee is tasked to total up the [Khmer Rouge’s] crimes around the country and to compile documents for information dissemination inside and outside the country.” After the committee was established, complaints from the victims in the 20 cities/provinces around the country were sent to and kept at the committee. Those complaints described the sufferings, separation from the family and the family members they had lost during the Pol Pot’s regime. Below are the numbers of complaints filed in each city/province:
-Battambang: 429,480 complaints
-Kratie: 1,410 complaints
-Stung Treng: 8,053 complaints
-Prey Veng: 68,351 complaints
-Kompong Speu: 50.808 complaints
-Preah Vihear: 11,022 complaints
-Siem Reap: 3,952 complaints
-Kompong Cham: 79,450 complaints
-Pursat: 38,576 complaints
-Kompong Chhnang: 44,865 complaints
-Sihanouk Ville: 20,898 complaints
-Phnom Penh: 77,847 complaints
-Takeo: 72,244 complaints
-Kampot: 25,632 complaints
-Koh Kong: 5,670 complaints
-Kompong Thom: 119,578 complaints
-Svay Rieng: 34,737 complaints
-Kandal: 68,680 complaints
-and ministries and departments around the “Central Committee”: 5,054 complaints

(To be continued…)

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 16, #4506, Sunday-Monday, February 3-4, 2008.


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