After the Khmer Rouge killed both her parents, Theary Seng and her surviving family trekked across the border for Thailand (November 1979) and emigrated to the U.S. one year later. She wrote the book Daughter of the Killing Fields, (London 2005). Fierce, highly intelligent, courageous, and beautiful, Theary Seng has dedicated her life to finding and forwarding peace and justice for her people. She is one of my sheros. This is her website: ThearySeng.com
Theary Seng is a human rights activist, and the founder of the Cambodian Center for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR), Civicus: Center for Cambodian Civic Education (CIVICUS), and the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia (AKRVC). After the Khmer Rouge killed both her parents, she and her surviving family trekked across the border for Thailand in November 1979 and emigrated to the U.S. one year later. Her book, Daughter of the Killing Fields, will be updated and available in North America (Seven Stories Press NYC, 2011). She is working on a second book on justice and reconciliation in light of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and her role as the first recognized victim civil party to confront the senior Khmer Rouge leaders in international law. Theary sits on the Governing Board of various organizations, including the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in the East Asia & Pacific (ANSA-EAP) operated by the Ateneo School of Government, now an independent Foundation registered in the Philippines; and the Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN (HRRCA), a Foundation registered in Indonesia.
Movie: Facing Genocide by David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindbert – Theary Seng is Khieu Samphan’s antagonist in the film and also the voice of the victims.
The film is a search into the personality of Khieu Samphan. He was the Head of state of one of the most brutal regimes ever, the Khmer Rouge-regime in the Democratic Kampuchea. We have followed him one and half year before his arrest in 2007. He is soon facing a trial and is charged with Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes. The film gives insight into his mindset, his life today and his close relation to Pol Pot. The film is a unique story about an ex-leader the time before his arrest and before he is put on trial. The film is completed January 2010.
Others appearing in the film:
- Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge trial gets go-ahead (foxnews.com)
- Japan gives $11.7 million to Khmer Rouge tribunal (foxnews.com)
- Khmer Rouge official confesses in documentary (theworld.org)
- The Killing Fields – Phnom Penh, Cambodia (travelpod.com)