National Remembrance Day Events Cancelled Across Cambodia

Memorial and religious services planned for the National Day of Remembrance on May 20, which commemorates the genocide by the Khmer Rouge regime, have been cancelled on account of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The National Day of Remembrance will not be observed in Cambodia this year, after the government decided to cancel all public events with crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no prayer ceremonies at genocide memorial sites across the country nor will the Phnom Penh local government organize the reenactment of the horrors of the genocide at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

On Tuesday, Say Chhum, deputy chairman of the ruling Cambodian People Party, also issued a letter to the party’s provincial offices ordering them to postpone any commemorative events on May 20.

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