After EBA Loss, Hun Sen Welcomes Cruise, Touts Human Rights Respect

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday linked his decision to let a luxury cruise ship dock in Cambodia, after it had been turned away by other nations due to coronavirus fears, with the nation’s commitment to human rights, just days after the E.U. withdrew trade benefits over rights violations.

While welcoming disembarking passengers of Holland America Line’s Westerdam at the Sihanoukville port, Hun Sen addressed his speech to the Cambodian people, explaining that he had decided to allow the ship to dock to ensure the passengers’ survival and prevent further discrimination against them.

“How can we talk about respect of human rights if the right to survive has not been respected?” the prime minister said.

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