Khmer Rouge Tribunal Halts Salaries For Cambodians

By Salon Staff

Published January 26, 2012 8:54AM (EST)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The nearly 300 Cambodians working at the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal will not be paid this month — and some haven't been paid since October — due to budget problems.

International staff are paid by the United Nations and will continue to receive salaries, unlike local staff who are paid by the Cambodian government.

The tribunal employs 480 people, of which about two-thirds are Cambodian.

Tribunal spokesman Huy Vannak said Thursday that the government relies on contributions from donor countries to finance its tribunal expenses but the donations have dried up.

He said Cambodian judges and prosecutors haven't been paid since October, while the remainder who do mostly administrative work will not be paid as of this month.

Salon Staff

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