Published: Sept. 28, 1997

The Archives of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Human Rights Week are sponsoring a reception in honor of “Cambodia Witness,” a photographic exhibit exploring the Cambodian holocaust of 1975 to 1979.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the British Studies Room, on the fifth floor of Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder campus.

Two speakers will discuss the Cambodian atrocity and the importance of remembering all human rights abuses. Marilyn Ung, a Cambodian who survived the reign of the Khmer Rouge and is now a counselor at the Asian Pacific Health Center in Denver, will speak about her experience. Bruce Montgomery, curator of the CU Archives, will discuss the Archives’ Human Rights Initiative, dedicated to recording and remembering recent human rights abuses.

“Cambodia Witness” is an exhibit of Amnesty International, a world-wide human rights organization, and is now a part of the Archives’ permanent collection. With 52 photographs, most taken by David Hawk during a 1982-1983 trip to Cambodia, the exhibit is a powerful display chronicling one of the worst human rights atrocities of this century.

It is estimated that up to two million people were systematically murdered or died of malnutrition, disease or ill-treatment during the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge government. The exhibit is on display on the third floor of Norlin Library now through Oct. 10.

Human Rights Week will be observed Oct. 5 through Oct. 10 on the CU-Boulder campus. For more information, call 492-7242 or 492-5449.