Over 60,000 documents of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum go digital hinh anh 1A visitor to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum contemplates photos of S-21 prisoners (Photo: phnompenhpost)
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which has been registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World since 2009, has launched a digital database to access the largest archive of the Khmer Rouge regime’s prison system records.

The general public will be able to access the digital database and website for additional information about the victims’ family members and researchers.

The project was jointly implemented by UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia and with the generous financial support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

In a press statement, UNESCO said the museum has completed the digitisation of more than 60,000 documents totalling almost half a million pages that include photographs, biographies of detainees, notebooks, propaganda magazines, forced confessions and other written materials.

All the information contained in the documents – amounting to over 4 million data elements – has been compiled in a digital database that officially went online on January 29.

UNESCO, the culture ministry and KOICA started the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives Preservation and Digitisation Project in 2015 and worked on the project until the end of 2020 with funding provided by a grant of 1.15 million USD.

Tuol Sleng was also known by its official prison number “S-21.” It was one of the most notorious interrogation and extermination centres run by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-79. Built as a school prior to the conflict, it eventually served as a prison for more than 18,000 prisoners and their families – including many Khmer Rouge members once they had fallen out of favour for one reason or another./.