As EBA cuts near, groups appeal for respect of human rights

International civil society groups have called on foreign governments to demand that the Cambodian government address its deteriorating human rights record and restore democracy as the country’s “Everything but Arms” trade tariff breaks are set to be partially revoked next month.

The suspension will go into effect on August 12 in response to the Cambodian government’s “serious and systematic violations” of international human and labor rights conventions. But the royal government has repeatedly accused the EU of using the threat of EBA cuts to advance its political agenda in support of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

On July 21, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and 32 other international civil society organizations urged 13 foreign governments to echo the EU in its call for Cambodia to reverse its deteriorating human rights situation.

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