The EU Is In a Bind Over Trade Versus Human Rights in Cambodia

The European Union and Cambodia moved closer to a confrontation that may be a litmus test for whether EU free trade helps promote free societies.

The European Commission today sent the Cambodian government a report on alleged human-rights violations. The submission is part of an EU threat to suspend Cambodia’s right to export all goods except weapons duty-free and quota-free to the bloc, the world’s biggest single market.

“We are very concerned about the human-rights situation there,” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Twitter.

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