Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Site sheds light on dark days

Site sheds light on dark days

Site sheds light on dark days

05 khmer rouge rape
Sochan Pen, who at age 16 was raped by her Khmer Rouge cadre husband, stands in a field in Pursat province in the documentary Red Wedding. Photo Supplied

Advocates for victims of gender-based violence during the Khmer Rouge regime have created the first online platform to serve as a central education tool on the subject.

With postings of documents, press releases, research and related news articles, the site, accessible at www.gbvkr.org, will also be useful as a living legacy long after the Khmer Rouge tribunal is over, said Duong Savorn, project co-ordinator with the Cambodian Defenders Project.

“Not many people have access to this information,” Savorn said. “And we also plan to upload more information like films, and other materials, whatever is possible.”

The site, launched on Friday, is the result of collaboration between the defenders project, the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization and the Victims Support Section at the tribunal.

Though gender-based violence is an umbrella term for various kinds of abuse, in Cambodia, and especially in the context of the war crimes court, it has come to broadly signify the Khmer Rouge policy of forced marriage.

At the court, 780 civil parties have been admitted for forced marriage, though the number of actual cases is probably much higher. The policy, which forced men and women into communal ceremonies, often involved mandatory consummation.

Hopes the charges will come up in court have dwindled since judges split the current trial, Case 002, into mini-trials, a decision confirmed Friday. The website takes note of that concern.

“Due to problems with funding, the age of the defendants, and the speed of proceedings, it is unclear if and when the other segments will be heard.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s