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Japan Donates $1.1 Million to Tribunal

Mayuri Mei Lin​ / Khmer Times Share:
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Reuters

Japan, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s largest donor to date, has contributed a further $1.12 million to its international component, the tribunal said on Tuesday in a statement.
The donation brings Japan’s total contribution to both the national and international components of the tribunal to $85 million, or 32 percent of total donor contributions.
“On behalf of the ECCC [Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia], we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the continuous and significant financial contributions and support offered by the government of Japan.
“This new assistance is crucial for the ECCC to complete its mandate, without interruption in the judicial proceedings,” Tony Kranh, the tribunal’s acting director of administration, and Knut Rosandhaug, the deputy director of administration, said jointly in the statement.
According to the tribunal’s March 2016 financial outlook, it has so far spent a total of  $261.3 million since it began operations in 2006.
After Japan, the US is the second-largest foreign donor, having contributed $27 million, followed by Australia with $25 million, as of March this year. Cambodia is the fourth-largest donor, having contributed $23 million to the tribunal’s national component, as of March, followed by Germany and the European Union, which have contributed $14.5 and $15 million respectively.
According to the tribunal’s 2017 budget, its international component will need $20 million to operate, while its national component will need $6.4 million.
In a recent statement, the government pledged to donate $4.15 million for the tribunal’s national component next year, urging the UN to raise funds to cover the deficit.

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