Survey Shows Majority Want Independent Organization To Hold ECCC Archives

“In my view, those documents should be placed at Youk Chhang's organization’s library because I am afraid that they could get lost if stored somewhere else,” said Bou Meng, referring to DC-Cam’s director.

Washington – The debate over the future of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and if it has been able to deliver justice to the victims of the Khmer Rouge is one that riles up passions among Cambodians, academics, observers and the media.

It is a debate that will likely have no definitive conclusion. However, a recent survey brings up another question regarding the legacy of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal – the preservation of the vast troves of documents that make up the ECCC archives.

A survey, titled the “Public Opinion Study on the Disposition and Custody of the ECCC’s Archives,” finds that a large number of respondents want these archives to be handled by an apolitical, credible and well-resourced organization, with the National Library and Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) topping the list.

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