From 2001 to 2008, the Cambodian Genocide Group (CGG) was operational as an NGO dedicated to the study of the Cambodian genocide, which occurred between 1975 and 1979. The CGG worked towards two main goals:
To foster discussion and debate among academics, students and professionals about the Cambodian genocide.
To actively support the implementation of a genocide tribunal that would achieve justice for Cambodian genocide victims.
The CGG worked energetically with governments, non-governmental organizations and the Cambodian people to further the process of truth and reconciliation. On a broader level, the CGG increased awareness and supported genocide prevention initiatives within the wider community.
History of the Group
Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program (www.yale.edu/cgp) states: “the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the country’s population), was one of the worst human tragedies of the last century … the Khmer Rouge regime headed by Pol Pot combined extremist ideology with ethnic animosity and a diabolical disregard for human life to produce repression, misery, and murder on a massive scale.” The Cambodian Genocide Group has sought to study the genocide since 2001 in order to better understand how and why it occured. The CGG was formed by a group of University of Toronto students who believe that by reflecting upon the past genocide a better future can be built. The Group believes that through open dialogue and discussion people can learn to live together in the wake of social upheaval and conflict.
*Although the core activities of the CGG have now ceased, the group still exists as a resource for those interested in the Cambodian genocide and genocide/conflict prevention issues.
For current information about the ongoing genocide tribunal (ECCC) in Cambodia, please visit the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor or the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia website. For general information about genocide and war crimes and in particular, analysis about the conflict in Southern Sudan and Darfur, be sure to visit the Social Science Research Council’s wonderful blog.
Cambodian Genocide Lecture Series
The Cambodian Genocide Group sponsors a series of guest speakers in cooperation with the Asian Institute, the Munk Centre for International Studies, and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Click on Events to view the CGG lecture series.