About 250 students from Heng Samrin Tbong Khmom University in Tbong Khmom province participated in the outreach study tour organized by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on 07 February 2024 to learn about the ECCC trials and legacy, the Cambodian history in Win-Win Memorial and Cheong Ek Genocide Centre.
During the visit at Win-Win Memorial, the students were briefing by Win-Win Memorial officers on the history, concepts, contents, and the constructions of Win-Win Memorial. After that, in the Win-Win premise, the students were welcomed and presented by a Public Affairs Officer of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal on the achievement of the ECCC obtained from the trials and the residual functions that the Chamber is currently conducting. Then, the students continued their study tour to the Cheong Ek Genocide Centre to learn the tragedy of left from the Khmer Rouge regime.
The teachers said that this study tour is so important for their students to understand the history, especially the Democratic Kampuchea regime, the successful on the trial of the Khmer Rouge senior leaders by ECCC. The study tour also provides the students to understand the origins of the Khmer Rouge regime, the struggle of the leaders to liberate the country from this wall-less prison and students can also share what they saw and know today to other friends, especially parents, grandparents who have never visited the Memorial.
The teachers also appreciated the Win-Win policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia, which led the country to bring peace and social stability. They also thanked the ECCC for organizing the program so that youth could understand, visit the crime scenes left over from the Khmer Rouge regime and see the development in Phnom Penh today.
The weekly ECCC outreach study tour, coordinated and lead by the Public Affairs Section is conducted for students, young people, and the public seeks to raise awareness about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. AS more than 650,000 members of the national and international public have taken part in outreach study tours since 2009 until the present day, 2024, with the Public Affairs Section of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal coordinating them.