The Cambodian Genocide Reconciliation Project was an initiative which sought to document the horrific stories of Cambodian genocide survivors. Testimony was gathered from survivors in various parts of North America and documented in digital format.
Testimony was used:
As a historical resource for academics, professionals and human rights advocates.
As potential evidence for use in the Genocide tribunal in Cambodia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
The CGG Reconciliation Project was undertaken by teams of dedicated undergraduate and graduate students at various North American academic institutions. The project sought to preserve the memories of the past while reconciling the horror of the genocide.
University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
United States of America
Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs
“Surviving The Khmer Rouge: Remembering The Genocide”
The Cambodian Genocide Group presents: Surviving the Khmer Rouge, an exhibition that will feature 15 Cambodian genocide survivors who are currently living in Canada. The project will document the experiences of Cambodian victims, and members of national minorities and religious groups who were also persecuted by the Khmer Rouge – Non-Khmer Vietnamese and Chinese, Muslim Cham and Buddhist monks. The exhibition will feature contemporary photographic portraits, which are conceptually linked to biographical pages whose content include survivor testimonies, family and archival photographs and images of personal artifacts and documents. In addition to the photographs and testimony pages that comprise the exhibition, the legal, political and historical context of the genocide will be explained via accompanying text panels.
The project is being undertaken by the Cambodian Genocide Group, the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, in conjunction with Leib Kopman and Dr. Carla Shapiro, an experienced photographer/curator team who specialize in photographic and testimony-based documentation of genocide survivors. The exhibition will be offered to a number of law schools and human rights organizations in North America – bringing attention to the initiation of the Extraordinary Chambers Tribunals of the Khmer Rouge perpetrators. The traveling exhibit will include curricula developed by the CGG, Kopman and Shapiro; exhibition content, detailed information about the Cambodian genocide, bibliographic material and a special projects section will be available via the CGG web site.
The exhibition will give university students and faculty access to an aspect of education not often available in texts, namely, documentary accounts of personal experiences of Cambodian genocide victims. The survivor testimonies offer personal perspectives on the character of peace, while reiterating issues concerning the need for justice via the legal system, and the challenges and promises of reconciliation.