In collaboration with Documentation Center-Cambodia (DC-Cam), Network for Human Rights Documentation-Burma (ND-Burma) is introducing the Unofficial Truth Project (UTP), in which included holding exchange discussion with political party, meeting with former political prisoners and communication with non-governmental organizations.
On 27 July 2013, an exchange titled, “Human Rights Documentation as a tool for dealing with the past and Moving on to the Future” was held at Royal Rose in Rangoon with the participation of several journalists and local non-governmental organizations. The exchange aimed to introduce the basic concept of a Truth Commission. DC-Cam shared about Cambodia’s experience, the brief history of Khmer Rouge regime and how the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC) court has functioned. The attendees were impressive and asked important questions about how Burma could implement a Truth Commission like Cambodia’s during this period of political transition.
During DC-Cam’s visit to Burma, participants met with the National League for Democracy (NLD) as well as with 88 Generation Peace and Open Society students, as arranged by ND-Burma. Furthermore, there was a film screening about the Truth Commission in Cambodia presented at Yangon School of Political Science (YSPS), followed by a serious discussion. On other days, DC-Cam had individual meetings with political activists and former political prisoners.
The DC-Cam trip to Burma followed the establishment of the Unofficial Truth Project (UTP) in June 2013. In the second week of August 2013, ND-Burma will send two interns to Cambodia to study more about the function and structure of forming the Truth Commission.