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Germany Gives $1.5 Million for Tribunal Victims Unit


Cambodian villagers tour the Tuol Sleng genocide museum, former Khmer Rouge S-23 prison, in Phnom Penh.

Cambodian villagers tour the Tuol Sleng genocide museum, former Khmer Rouge S-23 prison, in Phnom Penh.

The German government is providing $1.5 million to the cash-strapped Khmer Rouge tribunal, with funding to go toward the Victims Unit.

The unit was established to help people file grievances and testimony with the UN-backed court, in an effort toward national reconciliation.

The money will cover a 16-month project that began in September, including processing, outreach and victim participation, the tribunal said in a statement.

More than 8,000 victims have filed with the unit and are awaiting the trial of four jailed senior Khmer Rouge leaders. The Victims Unit has struggled with funding along with the rest of the court.

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