The US Senate has passed legislation to continue denying financial support for the
tribunal to prosecute individuals for crimes committed under the Democratic Kampuchea
It also raises concern about possible attempts by China to interfere with the tribunal.
If the bill is supported and not amended by the House of Representatives, the constraint
will apply to the 2004-05 fiscal year, which began October 1.
The relevant part of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs
Appropriations Bill states: "With few exceptions the [Senate Appropriations]
Committee again restricts assistance to the Government of Cambodia and remains deeply
concerned that corruption and the absence of the rule of law undermines the pace
and direction of development activities. The Committee regrets that international
donors, particularly the World Bank, have failed to ensure the financial integrity
of programs and activities.
"The Committee again prohibits funding to any Khmer Rouge tribunal established
by the Government of Cambodia and directs the State Department to report within 90
days of enactment of this Act on the activities, if any, of the People's Republic
of China to delay or derail such a tribunal."
The committee supports up to $500,000 for the Documentation Center of Cambodia; authority
for an endowment for an American NGO to support physical disabilities rehabilitation
programs; and support for Global Witness' activities to protect Cambodia's forests.