The Institute will support an integrated community of local, regional and international professionals in a highly innovative facility combining a Museum of Memory, a Research and National Policy Development Center, and Academy of Genocide, Conflict and Human Rights Studies.


The Institute draws its name from sleuk riths – dried leaves that have been used for centuries to document history and preserve culture, and reflects their beauty as vehicles of knowledge and their strength in advancing social memory and human dignity.

The Sleuk Rith Institute will sit on a parcel of land rich in history, where intellectuals and Cambodian nationals were sent during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Learn more.


A talented and highly educated team of professionals will manage the Institute and direct its scholarly undertakings. This extraordinary team of experts with advanced degrees earned abroad are currently employed by the Documentation Center of Cambodia, the Institute’s intellectual parent under whose auspices the vast historical archives have been collected, managed and preserved.  The Institute’s leadership will have at its disposal a council of renowned international pro bono senior advisors for guidance, reviews and direction.

The Sleuk Rith Institute Plans Unveiled

Youk Chhang, Executive Director of DC-Cam, announces plans for the Sleuth Risk Institute, dedicated to reconciling the destructive legacy of the Khmer Rouge with Cambodia’s enduring cultural heritage through a focus on the timeless values of justice, memory, and healing.  Read the Press Release (English | Khmer).

Christie, Zaha Hadid, Youk Chhang and DeaWha Kang introducing the Sleuk Rith Institute at the Zaha Hadid Gallery in London on the 9th of October, 2014. Photo: Nhean Socheat

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid  and Youk Chhang, Founder of the Sleuth Rith Institute, celebrated plans for the new centre dedicated to preventing genocide worldwide. They were joined by the Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sport. Read the Minister's remarks (EnglishKhmer), and read the Founder's remarks (EnglishKhmer).

High-Resolution Image & Video Now Available

The Institute will be an aesthetically breathtaking memorial and inspiring place of learning and reflection. The experience of visiting will be like none other. Take a virtual tour of the Institute now by watching this incredible video. You can also download a high-resolution image of the Institute here.


For More Information About the Institute
Makara Ouch is a successful Photographer and Cinematographer and since 2013 has been Film Director and Producer for DC-Cam. Makara has provided the breathtaking photography for the Institute's website.

For more detail about the Sleuk Rith Institute, download our (English | Khmer). Additional information about the institute will be added as it becomes available, including the development of an online exhibition. Please check back for updates and reach out to us with any questions or offers of support.