FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, court officers of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal are seen through windows during a hearing of former Khmer Rouge top leaders in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The tribunal said Saturday, March 30, 2013 it will pay several months of overdue salaries for its Cambodian staffers. (AP Photo/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Nhet Sok Heng, File) EDITORIAL — USE ONLY
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The United Nations-backed tribunal trying former Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide says it will pay several months of overdue salaries for its Cambodian staffers.
An announcement from the tribunal’s administrative office received Saturday said the U.N. would provide funds covering January through April this year. It did not specify how much would be given. Foreign and Cambodian personnel are paid under separate budgets.
Translators for the tribunal went on strike in early March over their pay complaint. They agreed to resume work after being paid their wages for December.
The tribunal is tasked with seeking justice for atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge during its 1975-79 reign, when an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died from forced labor, starvation, medical neglect and execution.