[Press Release] Official Launch of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives Preservation and Digitization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Official Launch of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives Preservation and Digitization
Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.
Venue: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh
In 2009, over 400,000 pages of documentary heritage from the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum were recognized as World Documentary Heritage of international significance and were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. The archives of the museum contains photographs of over 5000 prisoners as well as their “confessions”—many extracted under torture — and other biographical records of prisoners, prison guards and officials.
UNESCO with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts through the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Digital Divide Data will implement activities, thanks to generous contribution of KOICA, which aim at:
- Digitizing and creating access to all documentary heritage – prisoner biographies, confessions, photographs and Khmer Rouge magazines – which was enlisted in the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage List in 2009.
- Preserving the original documents of the Tuol Sleng Museum Archives to meet international standard of preservation.
- Building a consultation and multi-media center at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and to develop a modern space for education and reflection for general public.
- Building the capacity of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum staff to ensure the sustainability of the project.
- Promoting peace and intercultural dialogue at the national and international level.
- Assisting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to network with similar institutions abroad to gain an international perspective and learn about best practices in building a peace museum.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Luc Yniesta, UNESCO Project Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org