Cambodia-European Union trade deal is on the chopping block

Accusations of human rights abuse by the Cambodian government may force the end of a preferential trade agreement.

Two sisters sit on the tile floor of a small bare room. There is no furniture other than a short, waist-high dish drying rack. In place of mattresses, there is only a pile of blankets. One sister chops vegetables while the other sits behind her, stroking her hair.

Despite being garment workers, neither sister has ever heard of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) deal with the European Union.

“The company never said anything about that. During meetings, they just ask us to work quickly and with good quality,” one sister says.

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