Ksaem Ksan Association held, Victims Demand
March 26, 2010
By: SUN Narin
The Association of Victims of Democratic Kampuchea called Ksaem Ksan, established to give a unified and strong voice to the victims of Khmer Rough regime, held its first workshop on March 20th.
Mr. Chum Sirath, first deputy president of Ksaem Ksan Association, said in the conference that the association, to date, has registered 451 members among which there are 325 women and 126 men, living in 17 provinces. His association is supported by the member’s contribution.
He added that the genocidal victims demanded the construction of a stele in Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum in order to name all of the 17 000 humans being killed
at Tuol Sleng and Cheung Ek during April 17, 1975 to January 6, 1979. They also requested that the bones already unearthed or to be unearthed at the two killing fields be preserved and not incinerated.
He showed that the victim’s bones should not be burned despite the argument of the region. He hopes that one day DNA techniques will reveal filiations of these bones with living relatives, enabling family to identify the remains of their loved ones and organize ceremonies in their memory.
During the trial of Kaing Guek Eave alias Duch, former chief of Tuol Sleng prison, the court requested the collective compensation for the victims by constructing the memorial museum to indicate to the deaths.
Reach Sambath, chief of public affairs section of Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), said at the workshop that the court needs long time to consider on the compensation for victims since more-than-90% Cambodian people claim that they are the victims including former Khmer Rough board.
He added that some victims demand memorial stele and others want museum for education and concentration and so on. Therefore, we need the agreement from the victims in response to the principle of national reconciliation.
To be noted that, Ksaem Ksan association was created in September, 2009 with the 33 founders traumatic from genocidal regime and officially listed in the Ministry of Interior on January 29, 2009.