Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal staff strike over unpaid wages
PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - Cambodian staff at a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal went on strike on Monday, an official said, as a funding crisis deepened at a court already bogged down by resignations, political interference and the frail health of its elderly defendants.
Some 250 Cambodians have not been paid since June at the UN-backed court, caught up in a standoff between donors and a government criticised for its lack of support for hearings into one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century.
The national component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) had a shortfall of US$3 million (S$3.82 million) in its annual budget, said court spokesman Neth Pheaktra.
About 100 went on strike and would not return until they had been paid, he said.