Kok Sang (Sang Prison) in Kandal province. Source: Documentation Center of Cambodia Archives.

Based on existing mapping data, a team of three North American research and forensics experts and DC-Cam’s mapping team conducted a detailed reconnaissance of mass graves and memorials in Cambodia to identify sites for a full-scale forensic exhumation. They also excavated and preserved a representative sample of human skeletal remains in and around Phnom Penh (Tuol Sleng, Cheung Ek) and several provinces (Kandal, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang and Prey Veng).  This work was conducted to shed light on the ways in which individuals were killed or otherwise abused during the DK regime.

 One of the North American experts hired for the project (Dr. Michael Pollenen, FRCPC medical director and forensic pathologist of the Office of the Chief Coroner, Ontario, and associate professor of pathology, University of Toronto) was to complete a monograph on forensic findings and crimes against humanity in Cambodia. We have now closed this project, but hope that Dr. Pollenen will eventually produce the promised report. (To view the interim reports, click here.)

In 2004, we mounted a forensic exhibition of human skeletal remains at the Tuol Sleng Museum and produced a project report on undisturbed graves in two Cambodian villages.

In 2006, we shared our forensic experience which included the use of GPS, identifying mass graves and interviewing relevant informants in the field with twelve local police officers.

Forensic Survey of Three Memorial Sites Constraining Human Skeletal Remains
Contact: Pheng Pong-Rasy,