Since 2008 the Center ÜBERLEBEN carried out several surveys with victims of the Khmer Rouge regime and their families, in cooperation with the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) in Cambodia.

These investigations focused on psychological disorders following traumatic experiences, reconciliation and the reparation process in Cambodia. The studies were carried out in the context of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – ECCC).

Altogether more than 2000 survivors and their relatives have been interviewed throughout Cambodia. In addition, a conjunct workshop as well as a congress on "Victim Participation and Psychosocial Needs in the Context of the ECCC" in Phnom Penh in December 2012 have been conducted together with the TPO.

Read more about the cooperation with the TPO and the first results of the reconciliation study in the Center UEBERLEBEN newsletter (see info box on the right).

Khmer Rouge Regime

From 1975 to 79 more than 2 million Cambodians lost their lives under the violent regime of the Khmer Rouge. About a quarter of the population died of execution, torture as well as forced labor and hunger.

Since 2009 the ECCC investigates as a hybrid penal court tribunal (including national and international legal basis, national and international judges and members of staff) the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge. In total there are five principal defendants who have to justify themselves before the court. One of the main defendants, Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, has already been sentenced in July 2010.


Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO)

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – ECCC

Focus on reconciliation

In its work the Center ÜBERLEBEN has a special interest in the process of reconciliation and conducts projects in Colombia as well as with victims of the Khmer-Rouge-Regime in Cambodia and Kurdish refugees from Turkey.


The project was made possible by the financial support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Psychology Beyond Borders.