Garment factories cut overtime hours for workers

Garment factory workers are seeing their working hours cut amid China’s coronavirus scare and the EU’s announcement that it will partially withdraw Cambodia’s trade privileges.

Factories have previously said that they are running out of raw materials imported from China due to coronavirus quarantine measures in place there, while the EU earlier this month announced it was suspending its “Everything But Arms” deal for several categories of products due to “serious and systematic” human rights violations in Cambodia.

The country’s main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved eight months ahead of national elections in 2018, alongside a crackdown on independent media and civil society, sparking criticism from the EU and U.S.

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