Film Screening: Breaking the Silence: Sexual Violence under the Khmer Rouge

May 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mānoa Campus, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3015/3019 Add to Calendar

After decades of silence, growing numbers of Khmer Rouge survivors in Cambodia are challenging the stigma around sexual violence. They are speaking out about their experiences of forced marriage, rape and sexual abuse suffered under the regime.

Breaking the Silence examines the prosecution of crimes of sexual violence before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. It does so through courtroom testimony, archival footage, interviews with experts, practitioners and scholars. It highlights contemporary reparations projects related to addressing the harm suffered in the past. The film reports on the history of forced marriage and sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge regime and analyzes the impact of these crimes and their prosecution on contemporary Cambodian society. The film is produced by Khmer Mekong Films in partnership with the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University and the East-West Center.

David Cohen is the Director of the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University (formerly the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center). Professor Cohen is also the Director of the Asian International Justice Initiative at the East-West Center (EWC), a collaboration between the EWC and the WSD HANDA Center. He directs human rights, rule of law, and international criminal law training, capacity building, outreach, and trial monitoring projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Rwanda. He has served as Expert Advisor to the Commission on Truth and Friendship of Indonesia and Timor Leste and is currently Advisor to the Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN, engaged in research projects on rule of law, women's and children's rights, and business and human rights in ASEAN. His publications focus on war crimes trials and international criminal law issues from WWII to today.

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Free admission, limited seating

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East-West Center , Mānoa Campus

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