(left to right) Ieng Sary, Deputy Prime Minister for Foreigh Affairs; Pol Pot, Prime Minister; Son Sen, Deputy Prime Minister for Defense. Source: Documentation Center of Cambodia Archives.

Affinity Group



Together with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), DC-Cam is leading the development of an “Affinity Group” of documentation centers from around the world (the former Yugoslavia, Guatemala, Burma (headquartered in Thailand), 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 DC-Cam 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.





        Restoration of the National Police Archive Project in Guatemala


  • Report (Iraq)















  • 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.


          l  Mr. Chhang at USC: The Documentation Center of Cambodia's Khmer
              Rouge Trial Exhibition


          l  Mr. Chhang at Rutgers: Tribunal Not a Cure-All, Experts Warn


          l  Mr. Chhang at UC-Berkeley: Connecting the Broken Pieces after the
             Cambodian Genocide: Legacy as Memory of a Nation

          l  Mr. Chhang at UCLA: Truth Commission: Connecting the Broken Pieces
              after the Cambodian Genocide

          l  Mr. Chhang at Stanford: Cambodia is Facing up to its Genocide

          l  Mr. Chhang at Lowell, Massachusetts: For US-Cambodians, a Question of

          l  Mr. Chhang at UW-Madison: Using Archival Description to Foster

          l  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.











  • Germany/Documentation



  • Sri Langka/Civil Sociaty


Contact: Youk Chhang