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Cambodia accepts Japanese offer to help fund Khmer Rouge trials

[JURIST] The Cambodian government announced Tuesday that it will accept Japan's offer of $11 million [JURIST report] to fund a shortfall in the estimated budget for trying former leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgronder] regime, considered responsible for the genocide of the "killing fields" in Cambodia [Yale CGP backgrounder] after taking power in the 1970s. Opposition groups in Cambodia had initially called for public contributions [JURIST report] when Cambodia was able to offer only about $1 million of its own money towards the trials and international donations fell short. Japan had already committed to paying half of the tribunal's $70 million cost, which is also being defrayed [JURIST report] by major contributions from France, Britain, and Australia. Radio Australia has more.

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