The Indian government has contributed $50,000 to the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s annual budget requirements.
Neth Pheaktra, spokesman of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, said yesterday that India gave $50,000 to the national side of the tribunal for its operations in 2018.
“India’s contribution is a part of the process of finding truth and justice, which the Khmer Rouge tribunal is carrying out,” he said.
He added the total financial assistance provided by India to the tribunal since it began in 2006 now stood at $1.1 million.
Mr Pheaktra said the Khmer Rouge tribunal was appealing to the international community and other donors to mobilise funds to support the process of the national side.
“We have already approved budget expenditures, but we don’t have enough cash, so we appeal to the international community for further financial support,” he added.
Mr Pheaktra said that in 2018, the national side of the Khmer Rouge tribunal needed about $5.7 million, of which about $4 million has been provided by the Cambodian government.
He said that for 2018, the Khmer Rouge tribunal was preparing to announce the verdict in Case 001/2 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who were charged with crimes against humanity and genocide of the Cham ethnic people and of Vietnamese.
Chum Mey, a survivor from S-21 prison and president of the Victims Association of Democratic Kampuchea, said he was glad other countries supported the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
“It’s great if foreigners can help any part of the court that is lacking,” he said.
In late 2012, about 20 Khmer Rouge tribunal staff members went on strike because the tribunal did not have the budget for national workers.
During this time, about 300 national staff members, including drivers and judges, were not paid.
Latt Ky, who monitors the Khmer Rouge tribunal for rights group Adhoc, said the tribunal had failed to pay its staff in the past.
He added he was very happy for the assistance provided to the tribunal to complete the trial of Democratic Kampuchea regime’s top leaders, and he called on donor countries to provide additional funds to support the tribunal.
“The seeking of justice at the Khmer Rouge tribunal is so important,” he said. “I would like to see this tribunal end the history of Democratic Kampuchea.”