Searching for the Truth. Photo by Youk Chhang (Kirirum Mountain, 1999).


In January 2000, we launched the magazine, *Searching for the Truth*, to widespread acclaim. The timing of this launch came less than a year after the arrests of Chhit Choeun alias Ta Mok, the last Khmer Rouge stronghold leader, and Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, who led the infamous S-21 prison. In many ways, this was the first step in Cambodia's long and difficult process of exploring the memory of the Khmer Rouge era, establishing justice for perpetrators and eventually achieving reconciliation.

Since the magazine was launched in 2000, we have produced over one million copies of *Searching for the Truth*, that have been distributed to the public through libraries, embassies, government offices -- 1700 communes nation-wide, NGOs in Cambodia and abroad, and to victims and perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Goal: To preserve the memory of the Khmer Rouge era in order to prevent similar events from happening in the future, help bring justice to perpetrators, and support reconciliation for all Khmer Rouge survivors.

Objectives: Promote justice and accountability with respect to the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975-1979; Educate the public about and contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in Cambodia; Inform the public about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal judicial process and legal procedure; Share with the public knowledge contained in the Khmer Rouge documents held at the Documentation Center of Cambodia; Provide a forum for informed debate concerning the conduct of the Khmer Rouge trials and broader ideas of justice in Cambodia; Disseminate information about international law and what is happening internationally regarding other instances of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity; Provide information to Khmer Rouge survivors who are searching for information about their loved ones lost during the Khmer Rouge regime; Support the teaching of the textbook, *The History of Democratic Kampuchea 1975-1979*, in high schools throughout Cambodia; and Contribute to ending Cambodia's "culture of impunity" and send a message to the Cambodian people that they are equal before the law in a democratic society.