Capacity-Building & Technical Assistance to Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Democracy-related organizations
AFFINITY GROUP: Together with the International Center for Transitional Justice, Documentation Center of Cambodia leading the development of an “Affinity Group” of documentation centers from around the world (the former Yugoslavia, Guatemala, Burma, Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Africa to share information and techniques, and work together to address the constraints shared by its members. The group, which plans to meet three or four times per year, would also call in international experts to help think through solutions to various technical documentation problems. The first meeting of the Affinity Group was held in Phnom Penh in March 2005. Following an introduction to Documentation Center of Cambodia that included detailed discussions of our documentation and outreach work, the group address such topics as proceedings:
- Trategic issues in collecting documents: how to connect documentary materials and forensic evidence with the broader goals of accountability, truth-telling, and justice. Prioritizing categories of documents, projects (e.g., oral history, primary documents, others), etc.
- Technical issues in collecting, preserving and using documents (database management, collecting documents from multiple sources, massive state documents and collection challenges)
- Case studies in documentation and planning for the future.
2019-2021: Similar to the Affinity Group Initiative, the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) will mentor, on a research based approach, Extra-ordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC)-related or democracy-related initiatives needing technical expertise and capabilities in the documentation of crimes, allegations, or circumstantial evidence that could be leveraged in judicial or extrajudicial mechanisms of the future. In addition, we can provide research based training modules covering organizational development and input on grassroots direct-action plans.
Guided by donor and stakeholder input, this activity will be initiated and run as a discreet invitation-based system, in which organizations can choose from a menu of training sessions that will be developed by DC-Cam staff who have decades of experience in a variety of documentation and organizational development related fields. In terms of documentation, our staff have skills ranging from developing and managing a catalogue system to techniques and procedures for ensuring admissibility before a court of law. DC-Cam has a superb reputation in grassroots direct action programs, and we have a robust range of lessons learned on how to navigate government channels to secure approval for projects, as well as how to work with local community leaders, minorities, and the people. Finally, having translated our work into a universe of media that spans history, culture, law, and the arts, we can help organizations with our experiences and lessons learned in strategic communications, fund-raising, and fundamental concepts for organizational development and leveraging outside expertise.
DC-Cam has seen other organizations accomplish similar activities; our activity differs from those organizations’ activities not only in the menu of capabilities that DC-Cam brings to the table but also in its approach. DC-Cam will offer its services with the utmost regard for privacy and the security of information. Organizations engaged in human rights, democracy and the rule of law are under attack in Cambodia, and there needs to be greater regard for protection of their privacy and the security of their information. DC-Cam will undertake this activity with strict protocols in place to minimize organizations’ and their staffs’ exposure to risk based on their participation in this program.
- Full-day programs on documentation & organizational development lessons learned
- Sensitive Assessment Report on State of Civil Society Organizations
- Direct beneficiaries: Human rights, rule of law, and democracy-related organizations (Estimated 6 organizations).
- Asia – trocity Prevention, Human Rights, Truth-seeking
- Bengali Muslims in Assam state – India
- Stateless in Assam: Precursors to Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity?
- Fourth Consortium Partner Meeting Brief
- Guatemala – 3rd Annual GIJTR Partners Meeting. Hosted by FAFG (Fundacion de Antropoligia Forense de Guatemala).
- Nepal/Transitional Justice Resource Center/UNDP-Nepal
- Sri Langka/Civil Sociaty
- The Philippines: GAMAAC
- Consortium/Indonesia: Transitional Justice
- Nepal – National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing Nepal.
- South Sudan
- Cambodia – The Prevention of Genocide
- Hungary (Budapest Center for The International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities) ‘The EU and the prevention of mass atrocities: An assessment of strengths and weaknesses’
- The Netherlands (Institute for International Criminal Investigations)
- South Africa/UNESCO
-Why teach about genocide?
-Genocide Conference in South Africa Tackles Questions of Education
-The General Assembly
–United Nations–General Assembly
- Syria (A Documentation Center: Syria Justice & Accountability Centre)
- The United Kingdoms: Holocaust Remembrance/Oxford (International Journal Transitional Justice)
- Implementing TRC Recommendation: Comparative Lesson for South Korean. Lessons From The Cambodia Experience With Truth and Reconciliation.
- South Korea (History and Peace: Common History of Japan, China, Korea)
- Thailand: Election in Burma/PDF
- Switzerland: (Global Genocide Prevention) The Prevention of Genocide
- Kenya: (Truth Commission)
- Sweden/Tanzania/Argentina: (The Stories of The Mekong River)
- Argentina: (The Malvinas Islands)
- Burma: (Research and Documentation)
l Time for Myanmar to move forward activist comedian says/PDF
l Forgive but don’t forget Myanmar comedian turned activist says/PDF
Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma
Telling story documentation lessons Afghanistan Cambodian experience United States Institute of Peace/PDF
Bangladesh War Museum – International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. (War Crimes Issue)
- Stocktaking of international criminal justice: Peace and Justice
- Cambodia’s Case 002: Facing Genocide
Screening of the documentary film ‘Facing Genocide’ and a presentation on the forthcoming Khmer Rouge trials by Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia
- Youk Chhang, Time Magazine Person of the Year Nominations, Time Magazine TIME asked past TIME 100 honorees whom they would choose for 2010. Youk Chhang selected Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, saying: Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia is the embodiment of resilience, a beautiful woman who has endured countless hardships with dignity and courage. Through her, we can learn about colonialism, independence, civil war, genocide, democratization and the quest for justice. Her life too will teach us about the complex history of Cambodia, a country often overlooked.
- Transitions to Democracy in Southeast Asia
- Director Youk Chhang was one of three featured speakers at the public seminar, “Reconciliation in Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge Tribunal,” hosted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore on November 29. The seminar examined three key spects of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal: (1) some of the legal and political aspects of prosecuting the Khmer Rouge for genocide and war crimes in Cambodia, (2) how the ECCC was able to deliver its first verdict in Case 001; (3) the path toward reconciliation in Cambodia. ECCC Trial Chamber judge Jean-Marc Lavergne also participated.
- On June 7, Youk Chhang spoke on the Peace and Justice panel at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute in Kampala, Uganda
- Cambodian Students Begin Learning about Khmer Rouge Atrocities Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, describes the challenges of teaching young people about the country’s holocaust. Over the last two weeks of April, he met with students and faculty at UCLA, Berkeley, Irvine and San Diego.
- Mr. Chhang at UW-Madison: Using Archival Description to Foster Accountability
- Mr. Chhang at Lowell, Massachusetts: For US-Cambodians, a Question of Healing
- Mr. Chhang at Stanford: Cambodia is Facing up to its Genocide
- Mr. Chhang at UCLA: Truth Commission: Connecting the Broken Pieces after the Cambodian Genocide
- Mr. Chhang at UC-Berkeley: Connecting the Broken Pieces after the Cambodian Genocide: Legacy as Memory of a Nation
- Mr. Chhang at Rutgers: Tribunal Not a Cure-All, Experts Warn
- Mr. Chhang at USC: The Documentation Center of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Trial Exhibition
- In April, DC-Cam Director Youk Chhang traveled to several US schools as UC-Berkeley and UCLA’s biannual Distinguished Visitor from Southeast Asia: USC, UCSD, UCLA, UC-Irvine, Stanford University, Cal State Long Beach, and Rutgers University. He gave presentations on the current state of Cambodian society with regard to the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge era. His visit was organized by Penny Edwards, Chair of the Center for Southeast Asian Center at UC-Berkeley, and Barbara Gaerlan, Assistant Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. During his two weeks of visiting American universities, Mr. Chhang met with many students and professors to discuss in greater depth the issues he raised in his presentation. At UC-Berkeley, he worked with professors and library staff on the preservation of the classical Khmer poem, Tum Teav. In 2005, DC-Cam published an English translation by George Chigas. At UC-Berkeley, the text has been used in courses on Southeast Asia.
- Elfogadó Nyilatkozat
- Trip to Sweden for the Opening of “Dinner with Pol Pot” Exhibition
- Peace, Justice and Reconciliation for Cambodian Immigrants in Sydney, Australia
- Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Will Justice be Served 30 Years After?
- Genocide Prevention Poster
- Telling the Story: Documentation Lessons for Afghanistan from the Cambodian Experience
- Documenting Truth
- Forum for Living History, Sweden
- Liberation War Museum in Bangladesh
- A Report on the 2007 Biennial International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) Conferrence, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The International Journal of Transitional Justice
- The Value of Archives: An Example from Guatemala (March 31, 2007)
- Affinity Group Useful Product (Cambodia)
- Stockholm International Forum
Beyond the Never Agains
- Report (Iraq)
Documenting Baathist Abuses
List of NGO participant
- Restoration of the National Police Archive Project in Guatemala
- Report (Guatemala)
75 million pages lift lid on Guatemala’s secrets
The death threats against members of the Fundación de An tropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG)
Digital Archive of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive
Report (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro)