Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sweden pays up for government at Khmer Rouge tribunal

Sweden pays up for government at Khmer Rouge tribunal

The Khmer Rouge tribunal’s national side budget has been “stabilised” for the rest of 2014, after Sweden stepped in to pay third-quarter staff salaries on the government’s behalf, the UN’s chief fundraiser for the court has said.

The hybrid court’s national side budget – which the government is obligated to fund, though it can use money from foreign donors – is $6.4 million for this year.

Cambodia itself put up $1.1 million to cover staff salaries in the first quarter. Norway covered the second quarter and most of July, and now Sweden has covered the rest of the third quarter, David Scheffer, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) said yesterday. “The international and national budgets of the ECCC have been stabilized, so we are not in some crisis situation with either of the budgets for the Court,” he said.

The court has been plagued by funding problems in recent years and Cambodian staff twice went on strike in 2013 to protest unpaid wages, but Scheffer said that the tribunal would face no such problems for the remainder of the year.

“We still have the fourth quarter [of] 2014 to cover, but I remain confident that we will obtain such funding in time to meet monthly payroll requirements,” he said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

A gibbon at Phnom Thot

Fighting deforestation with eco-tourism

Eco-tourism plans a last resort to save a 6400-hectare patch of forest from illegal logging and wildlife poaching.

A health clinic in Sangke District

Mass Battambang HIV infection

The unlicensed 'doctor' at the centre of allegations over the mass HIV outbreak in Battambang's Sangke district has been charged murder and intentionally transmitting the virus.

Khmer films shine at CIFF

The fifth edition of the Cambodian International Film Festival has proved to be its strongest for both Cambodian produced films and local audiences.