Cambodian Opposition Says Time Is Right for Democracy

Self-exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy says the European Union’s proposal to limit trade with Cambodia could support democracy there.

He spoke from Malaysia after both the EU and American officials called for Cambodia to ease restrictions on rights and freedoms.

The EU completed a first version of a report on Tuesday. Sam Rainsy said the report would be the basis for suspending trade privileges for Cambodia. The EU announced earlier this year that it was taking steps to decide if it would end unlimited and tax-free imports from the Southeast Asian nation. The EU said it was concerned that Cambodia was limiting human rights and labor rights.

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