AKRVC President Theary Seng’s
Open Letter to the “Disloyal Staff at the ECCC”
for your “Crime against Bureaucracy”
10 June 2011, Phnom Penh
Dear “Disloyal Staff of the ECCC”:
I would like to publicly and personally express my deep gratitude to you for your courage in releasing information regarding Case 003. I can imagine it was a very difficult decision, but I am glad your higher conscience won out. You may have committed a “Crime against Bureaucracy”, but in doing so, you have provided the victims and the public a powerful weapon to fight against the “Crimes of Idiocy”, an odious offense that is part of a widespread and systematic practice currently in flamboyant display at the Extraordinary Chambers (“ECCC”).
What is happening with regards to Cases 003 and 004 is an affront to 1,700,000 victims and 14,000,000 survivors and kins of the Khmer Rouge regime.
You stand with the heroes and rescuers of past genocides who challenged the power of mindless bureaucracies and blind obedience to authority in the wholesale destruction of lives—what Hannah Arendt termed as the “banality of evil” and Dr. Ervin Staub coined as the response of “passive/active bystanders” in the “continuum of destruction”. The mentality is the same even if the scope and scale are not.
Those we honor for their “crimes against bureaucracy” in responding to the “crimes against humanity” are well-known and countless, including Raoul Wallenberg, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oskar Schindler, etc. You are in good company. Again, the mentality is the same even if the scale is not.
With my highest respect and regards,
Theary C. SENG
Representative of the Civil Parties of Orphans Class
Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia