ANLONG VENG PEACE CENTER
Searching for Truthfulness and Reconciliation

Ek Choeun or Chhit Choeun (known as Ta Mok or Ta 15), CPK Secretary, Southwest Zone, 1977; Chief of the General Staff Revolutionary Armed Forces of Democratic Kampuchea and Commander in Chief, Southwest Zone Armed Forces. Source: Documentation Center of Cambodia Archives.
 

ANLONG VENG PEACE CENTER

2014 - present

 

It has been 25 years since the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement. Peace remains a ‘fragile one’ in Cambodia. As one of the beneficiaries from the agreement, and in my role now as director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, I would like to highlight the work of the Anlong Veng Peace Center and its contribution to the peaceful process. Peace will remain to be a long road for all Cambodians, if we don't walk together. Youk Chhang

 
ANLONG VENG PEACE CENTER
'A long road if we don't walk together'
An Initiative of The Documentation Center of Cambodia in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism


The Anlong Veng Peace Center is dedicated to memory, reconciliation, and peace building, and it achieves these objectives through peace studies and genocide education. Peace studies represent the Center’s effort to identify and analyze violent and non-violent behaviors as well as structural mechanisms that precipitate conflict. Genocide education represents the Center’s effort to establish curricula that address the fundamental questions of what happened and why during the Khmer Rouge period. Both educational approaches are utilized with a view toward encouraging peace, education, and the rule of law.

The Center’s new headquarters office is situated in Anlong Veng—the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge regime. Working closely with the local community, schools, and tourism officials, the Center looks forward to bridging the divide between the former Khmer Rouge (KR) and Cambodia’s younger generation. The intent of the Center is to provide a variety of educational and tourism-related programs that help preserve the oral and physical history of the region as well as building peace and reconciliation between generations and across social divides.

The Center not only aims to provide a critical understanding of Cambodia’s violent history, but it also seeks to convey a basic understanding of different theories on conflict resolution and transformation. Using its new office space as a headquarters, the Center will meet its objectives through future programs centering on interactive discussions, guided tours of local historical sites, and a curriculum that uses individual stories to convey historical and moral lessons. The tours will be rehabilitative to victims and former KR cadres in that they will provide victims and former cadres an opportunity to reflect on and impart their understanding of their experiences during the Democratic Kampuchea period and the civil war years (1979-1998) that followed.

Through face-to-face discussions with victims and former KR cadres, the program will challenge participants to contemplate the diversity of human experience (both instances of humanity and inhumanity) during times of conflict and social upheaval. The stories validate the significance of individual human beings, and they help foster the most basic components of conflict transformation and civic skills. Concepts such as the ability to reflect, think objectively, and empathize with others are cornerstones to any peaceful, democratic society. The project will focus on historical empathy as its core objective, and the students, teachers, and tourguides who attend the program will be responsible for serving as representatives in their local communities, sharing their learning and insights.

The establishment of the Anlong Veng Peace Center in Anlong Veng represents a start of the Center’s work towards its mutually reinforcing aims of Peace, Education, and Sustainable Tourism. Through these core objectives, the Center aims to become a leading institution for the development of sustainable approaches to achieving reconciliation and peace in Cambodia and the region.
Background
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Report on the progress of preserving and developing Anlong Veng historical site 2015 and future tasks in 2016.

Minute of the Achievements of developing Anlong Veng historical sites in 2015 and the first semester of 2016 and future tasks for the second semester of 2016 and 2017.

Announcement on Preservation and Maintenance of the Urn of Genocide Victims in Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979) and Conversion of Anglong Veng Area into the Historical Tourism Site
Sub-degree of the Anlong Veng’s Designated Historical Sites

Decision on the Setting up of an Inter-Ministry Committee on the Preservation and Development of the Anlong Veng Historical Sites

Letter to Mr. Chhang Youk, Director of Documentation of Cambodia, on Request to Cooperate and Provide the Documents Related to History of Anlong Veng Area, Khmer Rouge Last Stronghold

Letter to from Ministry of Tourism, Including Two Officials and Secretary into the Inter-Ministries Committee

Decision on the Creation of Inter-Ministries Committee to Govern and Develop Anlong Veng Historical Tourism Site

Invitation Letter, Inviting Mr. Youk Chhang, Director of Documentation Center of Cambodia, to Attend the Inter-Ministries Meeting

Invitation Letter, Inviting Mr. Ly Sok-Kheang, Team Leader of Publicizing History and Khmer Rouge Tribunal, to Attend the Inter-Ministries Meeting

Response Letter to the Director of Documentation Center of Cambodia, on the Request for Feedback on the Draft “Anlong Veng History” Book

Decision on the Establishment of Work Group of the Inter-Ministry Committee on the Preservation and Development of the Anlong Veng Historical Sites

Minute for the Inter-Ministries Meeting, on Governing and Developing Anlong Veng Historical Tourism Site

Report to Samdech Akeak Mohasena Padei Decho Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Letter to Mr. Ly Sok-Kheang, Team Leader of Publicizing History and Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Informing about the Delay of Meeting Date

Invitation Letter, Inviting Mr. Ly Sok-Kheang, Team Leader of Publicizing History and Khmer Rouge Tribunal, to Attend the Inter-Ministries Meeting
Sub-Decree on National Day of Remembrance
   
Program Development: Revitalizing the Anlong Veng History for Reconciliation
Reconciliation Process in Cambodia: 1979-2007 Before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

A History of Anlong Veng Community: Final Stronghold of the Khmer Rouge Movement (English) | (Khmer)

Guidebook for Tour Guides (English) | (Khmer)
This guidebook is a tool for the trainer of tour guides and teachers in a workshop on the history of Anlong Veng and Cambodia's recent, national history. The chapters and activities cover general historical content as well as stories, and topics specific to the particular profession. The book promotes a basic understanding of the national history and the community of Anlong Veng as well as the individual stories that put this history into context. The stories in this guidebook match the stories in the Anlong Veng history book. While the guidebook offers materials specific to tour guides, it is also a useful tool for teachers, tourists, and the general public, as it addresses national, regional, and local history. Foreword by His Excellency, Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism.
Brochure (English) | (Khmer)
   
Reports
Reflecting on Cambodia’s Recent History
Anlong Veng: A Community of Understanding and Healing
Weaving Old and New Threads: Connecting Place and Memory
Putting Individual Story into Perspective
FINAL REPORT: A Tour Guide Program for the Anlong Veng Peace Center
Civil Parties: Not for Revenge, but For Justice
Anlong Veng: A Center for dark tourism and memory in Cambodia
Anlong Veng: A Different Version of History Narratives
Anlong Veng: Civil Parties Engaging in Inter-Personal Dialogue
Peace Discussion
Remnants of War and Peace

Overcoming Stereotypes: The Long Road to Reconciliation and Development in Anlong Veng
“Truth is Justice” – The Anlong Veng Peace Tour
Restoring Truth During Anlong Veng Peace Tour
Environmental and Social Change in Anlong Veng
Between rhetoric and reality – Peace and Development in Anlong Veng
Reflecting on Reconciliation in Anlong Veng
Reflecting Ideologies and Identities through Visit to Anlong Veng
Reconciliation and Understanding through Knowledge
Anlong Veng: Moving Forward
Reclaiming the Anlong Veng History

An Educational Visit to Anlong Veng Historical Sites: Promoting Inter-Community Reconciliation
Video
The video of Anlong Veng [Peace Center]
Anlong Veng: The City of Understanding Between Friend & Enemy
POL POT HOME: KH | EN
Village History Project "O'Kra-nhoung Village"
Anlong Veng, The City of Understanding [Between Friend & Enemy]
Village History Project "Choeung Phnom Village": KH | EN
Anlong Veng Master Plan, Anlong Veng, Cambodia: KH | EN
   
Photo

Why We Must Visit Anlong Veng District? The City of Understanding Between Friend & Enemy. March 27, 2018
Anlong Veng Peace Center: Second tour guide training. March 13-17, 2018

Preserving History as an Important National Resource Son Sen's Cremation Site, Anlong Veng District. March 15, 2018
Anlong Veng Peace Center: USAID Visit. February 27, 2018
14 Historical sites in Anlong Veng. February 27, 2018
Anlong Veng Peace Center: Peace & Human Rights Study Tour. Febuary 25, 2018

Anlong Veng Peace Center: An initiative of The Documentation Center of Cambodia in collaboration with The Ministry of Tourism (2014-Present). November 27, 2017
Anlong Veng Peace and Human Rights Study Tour. October 30, 2017
Anlong Veng Peace Center. September 30, 2017
A visit from Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). September 2, 2017
Anlong Veng Peace Center: Tour Guide Training. August 28, 2017 to September 3, 2017

Anlong Veng Peace Center Experience Part One: Connecting Cambodian Mine Action Center, the Preah Vihear Temple, and the Anlong Veng Peace Center. August 28, 2017

Peace and Human Rights Study Tour with Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. August 24, 2017

Anlong Veng Peace Center hosted a visit by a group of students, teachers and a Peace Corps volunteer from the US. June 12-13, 2017
Anlong Veng Peace Study Tour. July 8-10, 2017

Switzerland Provies Support to Tour Guide Training Programme: Communicating Peace through Stories of Shared Hardship & Genocide Survival. June 19, 2017
Anlong Veng Master Plan. June 8, 2017
Anlong Veng Master Plan: A visit to the site. June 5-7, 2017
Anlong Veng Peace Center. Guidebook for Tour Guides. May 30, 2017
Fruits and flowers from Anlong Veng Peace Center. April 7, 2017

Civil Party Visits Anlong Veng Peace Cener: An initiative with the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia. April 20, 2017

Anlong Veng Peace Center: Searching for Truthfulness & Reconciliation, March 7-10, 2017

Anlong Veng Peace Center: Searching for Truthfulness & Reconciliation, February 14-17, 2017
Anlong Veng Peace Center: Searching for Truthfulness & Reconciliation. January 30, 2017
Eleventh Peace Tour in Anlong Veng. January 23-26, 2016
Tenth Peace Tour in Anlong Veng. December 13-16, 2016
Ninth Peace Tour in Anlong Veng. November 08-11, 2016
Eighth Peace Tour in Anlong Veng. October 25-28, 2016
Postcards from Anlong Veng
Ancient temple in Anlong Veng

Inter-Ministry Committee Meeting and Seventh Peace Tour to Anlong Veng, September 14-18, 2016
Revitalizing the Anlong Veng History for Reconciliation
Signposts to some historical sites in Anlong Veng were installed on August 25, 2016
Sixth Peace Tour In Anlong Veng, August 14-17, 2016
Fifth Peace Tour In Anlong Veng, July 19-22, 2016
Opening Library and Information Desk in Anlong Veng, July 04-06, 2016
Fourth Peace Tour In Anlong Veng, June 21-24, 2016
Third Peace Tour In Anlong Veng, April 19-22, 2016
Second Peace Tour In Anlong Veng, March 08-11, 2016
First Peace Tour In Anlong Veng, February 16-18, 2016
The Peace Makers, 2016
The Peace Makers, 2017
   

Book: Reconciliation Process in Cambodia: 1979-2007
           Before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Exhibition

The Brief History of the Khmer Rouge Movement & Anlong Veng Community: KH | EN
   
   
Contact: Ly Sok-Kheang (Ph.D. Coventry)
               Director


               Phat Bora
               Researcher
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Strategy Diagram
Map (Walking Map, Original Map)
Poster 1
Poster 2

Anlong Veng Peace Center Chart