Tuol Sleng Rules

This list of rules was posted at Tuol Sleng (S-21), Cambodia for inmates who were being processed for the killing fields or release (although the latter was unlikely). I was wondering if it was in English and French during the 1970s as well as Cambodian or if the list had been translated after Tuol Sleng was reopened as a museum and genocide documentation center. Besides Cambodians, detainees also included Thai, Vietnamese, New Zealanders, Indians, Laotians, Canadians, Americans, Pakistanis, Australians and Brits.

The rules were often enforced by little kiddie Khmer Rouge. I was told that these children were at least 13 years of age or older. A lot of their pictures were also available at the site. I think their ages must have ranged from about 7 or 8 up.


Mike Starr said...

Is this an original sign, put up by the Khmer Rouge?

Patrick Cowsill said...

Actually, there were also foreign journalists at this place. I think six of them were murdered.

But, I think it's unlikely this sign was put in English for them. It was probably erected when the place was opened for tourism.

Anonymous said...

original was in cambodian-red writing if i remember correctly