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Mr. CHOEM Saroem, Civil Party Case 002 in Koh Kong

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Summary Biography:

Mr. Saroem was born on 5 October 1952 in Sdau Village, Sdau Sub-district, Kang Meas District, Kampong Cham Province. He is living in Neang Kok Village, Bak Khlang Sub-district, Mondol Seima District, Koh Kong Province. During the Khmer Rouge regime, he was detained in prison K-100 in Sdau Village, Sdau Sub-district, Kang Meas District, Kampong Cham Province. His relatives were also killed during that regime.

Before 1975, he and his family lived in Sdau Village, Sdau Sub-district, Kang Meas District, Kampong Cham Province. In 1975, when the Khmer Rouge took power, Mr. Saroem's life changed for the worse from day to day. Even though he was not forcibly transferred to another area, he was also forced to work, was starved, and faced difficulties like other new people.
In 1976, his aunts, uncles, sisters, and brothers were sent to be reeducated by the Khmer Rouge and disappeared. Later, he found out that they had been killed by the Khmer Rouge. In the same year, he witnessed cadres of Khmer Rouge killing 71 people in mobile units.

In 1977, he was forced to marry a lady name ROTH Moly. Her wife lived in Kang Ta Noeng Village, Kang Ta Noeng Sub-district, Kang Meas District, Kampong Cham Province. He was only married for one week and then was separated from his wife. He was accused of being a traitor to Angkar who cooperated with Youn (Vietnam). He was detained in K-100 prison in Kang Meas District, Kampong Cham Province. He was tortured by being shackled on his ankle with a chain and was deprived of food, getting only half a corn per day. He was also forced to carry dung from the toilet ten times per day to make fertilizer. His wife was forced to work hard until she delivered her baby.

Remarks Related to Reparation Case 002/01 and Non-Judicial Measures:
After receiving updates from the VSS officer during the meeting at Kampot Province on reparations and non-judicial measures in Case 002/01, Mr. Saroem expressed his satisfaction that reparation projects have responded to Civil Parties' requests. Among the 13 reparation projects, he was most satisfied in the National Remembrance Day and the Permanent Exhibition project because these projects encourage the next generations to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime so that the atrocities will not be forgotten. Nevertheless, he requested reparation projects in Case 002/02 to include the building of schools and hospitals in remote areas, which the government has not built.
 
Support of Victims Support Section (VSS):
Mr. Saroem submitted an application to be a Civil Party to the Victims Support Section in 2009. He chose lawyers Sin Soworn and Hong Kimsoun from the Cambodian Defenders Project to represent him before the ECCC. He is a focal point of VSS in Mondol Seima District, Koh Kong Province. As a Civil Party and focal point, he has attended many programs such as trainings, meetings, workshops, study tours, hearings, and forums at Phnom Penh and other provinces.

 
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