Japan Provides US$1.22 Million to ECCC

The Government of Japan has recently disbursed an amount of US$1,221,818 as its 2017 Fiscal Year contribution to the United Nations component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

The Japanese government's decision on this assistance was officially announced on July 31, 2017, said a press release of the Embassy of Japan AKP received this morning,

Japan notes the recent progress of the ECCC such as the closing statements of Case 002/02 conducted in the Trial Chamber and the closing order issued by the Co-Investigating Judges in Case 004/01 whilst encouraging the ECCC to proceed with the remaining cases in a fair, efficient, and expeditious manner, given the advanced age and frail health of the persons charged and in order to achieve the long overdue justice for the people of Cambodia, it added.

According to the same source, the Government of Japan attaches importance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal from three points of view. Firstly, the Khmer Rouge trials are the completing stage of the Cambodian peace process in order to prevent the recurrence of atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Secondly, the tribunal will help deliver justice to the victims of the Khmer Rouge and, therefore, contribute to national reconciliation. Thirdly, the tribunal will contribute to strengthening the rule of law in Cambodia.

The Government of Japan has been assisting the ECCC since its inception and as of today, the financial assistance from Japan amounts to US$86.34 million including the aforementioned disbursement, approximately 31 percent of the total funds contributed by donors to the national and UN components of the ECCC.

Moreover, Japan along with France, has actively followed the proceedings of the ECCC as co-chair of the Friends of the ECCC.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press