Cambodia’s Human Rights Face Pressure as Companies Reconsider Sourcing There

Cambodia’s labor and human rights controversies are seeing increased scrutiny from U.S. industry and could threaten its growth as a key apparel and footwear supplier.

This week, a coalition of industry organizations–the American Apparel & Footwear Association, amfori, Ethical Trading Initiative, Fair Labor Association, Fair Wear Foundation and Social Accountability International–sent a letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urging the government to take action on labor rights and human rights.

“We write to express our growing concern over recent developments that not only seem to undermine progress towards improving worker rights, but also appear to have created an environment that has weakened protection of human rights,” the coalition wrote. “As such, we also urge your government to guarantee respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms and to provide full protection of all human rights defenders in your country.”

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