Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen issued sub-decree No.19, dated February 14, 2018, setting May 20 as “National Day of Remembrance”, local media reported.

May 20 will be the day to commemorate victims of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the country between April 17, 1975 and January 6, 1979, said Cambodia-based e-newspaper Fresh News.

According to the sub-decree, the National Day of Remembrance is also set as a public holiday, giving all citizens the opportunity to organize their religious and traditional ceremonies.

It aims to help lessen suffering of the victims and their families and improve public awareness of the brutality of the regime so the country will never repeat mistakes of the past.

More than 2 million Cambodian people, or two fifths of the country’s population, were killed in more than three years under the Khmer Rouge regime.

In such chaos, the Kampuchea United Front for National Salvation was founded in Snuol district, Kratie province, on December 2, 1978 to unite and mobilise Cambodian people to overthrow the Khmer Rouge. With support of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, it made a historic victory over the regime on January 7, 1979, bringing peace, freedom and prosperity to the Cambodian people.-VNA