Approximately 100 staff members at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], went on strike Sunday in protest of unpaid wages. More than 250 staff members, including judges, prosecutors and interpreters, have not been paid since June of this year because of budgetary problems. The Khmer Rouge tribunal is backed by the UN and receives its funding [official website] solely from voluntary contributions. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] urged [JURIST report] international donors to provide financial support to keep the tribunal running. The court is currently preparing to prosecute [VOA New report] high-level Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan [ECCC profiles], both of whom are charged with war crimes. According to media sources, the strike may affect the progress already made in the trials. Khmer Rouge tribunal workers also went on strike in March for unpaid wages.
The Khmer Rouge have been blamed for the