is now incorporated as a major component of
CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education
("CIVICUS Cambodia")

Theary Seng giving a Press Conference on the 10th Anniversary Civil Peace Service with Mrs. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (2nd from left), Germany's Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (Berlin, 19 Aug. 2009); here, Ms. Seng also introduces the Center for Justice & Reconciliation.
Ms. Theary Seng founder of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation with CJR staff and civil party applicants, 2009.
We had to expedite the registration process in order to bridge as quickly as possible the work of justice and reconciliation and absorb as many of the non-defunct CSD staff as possible after the government issued the court injunctive order against Ms. Theary Seng (a personal dispute exploited by politics to the destruction of CSD). Consequently, Ms. Seng trusted her deputy to register the NGO in his name (and those of his relative and close friend from their days at The Cambodi Daily), as her name was still yet too sensitive.

Since, Ms. Seng succeeded in registering CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education in her name.

Now, CJR is incorporated as a major component of several projects of CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education to streamline management as the work CJR furthers the purposes and goals of CIVICUS Cambodia as well as to protect from the all-too-familiar appropriation of names.
“The Center for Justice and Reconciliation will soon be a major project for CIVICUS. It ties in well with the larger mandate of CIVICUS, which is citizenship. It’s just that the particular focus of CJR has been reconciliation… So CJR is focusing on reconciliation and CIVICUS is focusing on civic education. Soon these will merge in the learning centers. We are pushing for them in the provinces. Victims (of the Khmer Rouge) establish the learning centers, and through them they will continue the legacy of the Khmer Rouge tribunals, including housing the documentation. We want people to provide testimony and for organizations like the USC Shoah Foundation [an institute that works to document, archive and disseminate eyewitness accounts of genocide] to come and record their stories, or a less expensive version and simplified version of that, as self-documentation equipment is relatively inexpensive. CIVICUS aims to encourage this because, in the process, we will be creating forums for civic conversation . That’s ultimately what dialogues are: citizens coming together and having conversations. It’s no longer a one way street, it’s a multifaceted dialogue of everyone coming together and contributing ideas and creating a sort of forum for ideas.”
-    Excerpts from “A Discussion with Theary Seng, Founder, Cambodian Center for Justice and Reconciliation and CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education”, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, 17 Sept. 2010.

Victims of Khmer Rouge regime raising their hands to Theary Seng's query who have lost a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, children between April 1975 to Jan. 1979, as ECCC officials and representatives of Victims' Association looked on (Pannasastra University, 11 Dec. 2009).
CJR Founder Theary Seng hosting the Public Forum on the Advent of the Duch Verdict at PUC auditorium: S-21 survivor Bou Meng speaking as other panelists (ECCC Lars Olsen, Olympian/Civil Party Rob Hamill, historian David Chandler, British Ambassador Andrew Mace, ECCC Victims Support Section chief Chhorng Rong, ECCC Legal Advisor Dr. Meas Bora, AIJI dep. director Michelle Staggs Kelsall, Victims Association deputy President Chey Theara and prolific author Oum Suphany listen on with a room full of diplomats, donors, filmmakers, journalists, students and survivors, 23 July 2010.

More of CJR’s work via CIVICUS Cambodia