First Ever International Conference on “Genocide, Memory and Peace” Successfully Held in Cambodia

The first ever International Conference: Genocide, Memory and Peace kicked off officially here this morning at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra with the participation of some 150 people.

The event was attended by Mr. Kim Ji Min, Acting Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Cambodia, H.E. Chuch Phoeurn, Secretary of State for Culture and Fine Arts as high representative of H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Mr. Rho Hyun-Jun, Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cambodia Office, Ms. Kim Ji Yoon, Director General of Multilateral Cooperation & Humanitarian Assistance Department from KOICA Headquarters, Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO Representative in Cambodia, Mr. Chhay Visoth, Director of Tuol Seng Genocide Museum, and other national and international participants.

Members of International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes (ICMEMO), a sub-committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), were also present at the gathering organised by KOICA together with UNESCO, Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

National and international speakers, delegations from nearly 25 different museums dealing with mass murder/genocide related archives from five continents participated in a knowledge-exchange centered on the theme Making archives accessible � technical and ethical aspects.

This international event last for three days, from Aug. 28-30, 2019, and today is the last day of International Conference which was focused on the ethical aspects brought in by digitisation projects, accessibility of archives, and innovative ways and best practices to deal with images of victims and individual stories in line with international standards and best practices.

The last day of international conference aims to raise awareness about an event of immense historical significance for Cambodia and the world, and provide a platform to promote genocide education and promote peace building and reconciliation.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press