Engaging Khmer Rouge Victims
CIVICUS Cambodia places great energy and attention in creating a safe environment to facilitate dialogue. The chairs are arranged intimately closely in an oval shape in order that every participant can see the face of everyone else in the room.
The principal goal of these public forums is to provide a secure space for conversations on topics many years overdue and highly sensitive and emotional, and in the process to broaden this conversational space.
Many Cambodians, especially in villages, have limited access to general information, particularly on these issues of justice and reconciliation. Not only do Cambodians experience informational limitation but also geographical limitations. Their sense of “the world”, of “the nation”, of “being Cambodian” is geographically limited to their village or commune for many of them have never traveled outside of their communes.
In light of this knowledge, CIVICUS Cambodia focuses on instilling quality of information and presentation to engage all the five senses in this process of learning and engagement.
We invite different organizations and institutions to present diverse and competing ideas, through their talks or the printed materials which we encourage them to distribute at our public forums.
Moreover, each public forum is broadcast and re-broadcast on local television and national radio stations (during CSD, 3-5 hours per day on Voice of Justice Radio Program) of that particular province's public forum during the following month, reinforced by countless interviews with Theary Seng on Radio Free Asia, Voice of America and RFI (very popular in Cambodia) , etc.
As we are more concerned about deep, quality engagement and fully aware that these provincial participants will be ambassadors to their families and neighbors in their village, thus acting as multipliers, CIVICUS Cambodia would like to provide them with as many resources as possible to take back home with them in our limited engagement.
CIVICUS Cambodia, via its CJR project, works in close collaboration with the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia (AKRVC), a victims outreach support organization committed to healing, education and demanding reasonable, just reparations from the ECCC for all Khmer Rouge survivors.
1. PUBLIC FORUMS / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES
a. Public Forums on "Justice and Reconciliation", March 2006 - July 2009
c. Public Forum: Transforming Killing Fields into Healing, Living Fields in Battambang
d. Public Forum: Transforming Killing Fields into Healing, Living Fields in Anlong Veng
2. TOUR VISITS
a. Virtual Tour of Germany's Memorials, Museums and Concentration Camps, Aug. 2009
b. Virtual Tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Feb. / March 2011
3. INTERVIEWS/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/ RADIO BROADCASTS
a. Between March 2006 - Feb. 2011, see www.thearyseng.com
b. Voice of Justice & Reconciliation radio program
d. TEDxPhnomPenh: Reconciling Peace With Justice (Phnom Penh, 5 Feb. 2011)
e. Prison Fellowship International "Forgiveness", Canada
4. ASSOCIATION OF KHMER ROUGE VICTIMS IN CAMBODIA
Founder and President Theary C. Seng chairing the meeting of officers of the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia (CIVICUS Cambodia, 17 Aug. 2010)