The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.
Cambodia’s steps to address “serious and systematic” rights violations noted by the European Commission were “insufficient” to change its assessment of the country’s rights compliance under a preferential trade deal with the EU, according to pages of a Commission report seen by VOD.
The Commission concluded that “serious and systematic violations” of the principles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as violations of international labor conventions, exist in the country, threatening Cambodia’s continued duty-free and quota-free access to the E.U. bloc, which requires compliance to human and labor rights standards.
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