Symposium ”How do people view the negative history?”
How do people view the negative history?
We discussed the issues from social reconstruction in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge.
The Khmer Rouge regime, as the Cambodian people and the world have come to know, was a genocidal regime that killed almost two Million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. This regime has been considered as the darkest chapter of the Cambodian history. During that era, Cambodian people, especially those living in the capital of Phnom Penh and in various towns across the country were forcibly transferred to remote areas of various provinces–where they were to perform farming. In general, the Khmer Rouge forced the people to overwork in return for extremely limited food that was barely enough. Moreover, throughout the period, the people faced bitter tragedies and grave and brutal violations of their rights. These include violations of the right to live, the right to choose their own spouse, and accusations against innocent people of being enemies who were subsequently tortured and executed. Nonetheless, one form of violence committed by the Khmer Rouge is still neglected –gender-based violence.