Cambodia Responds to Damning EU Report on Rights Record as Loss of Trade Status Looms

Cambodia’s government on Thursday said it had responded to a list of concerns from the European Union that could lead to the suspension of its tariff-free access to the bloc’s markets if it fails to take drastic action to improve the country’s rights record.

In a Nov. 12 preliminary report, the EU warned that Cambodia has not taken enough measures to prevent a withdrawal of its Everything But Arms (EBA) status—which gives developing nations tariff-free access to the EU’s markets for all products except arms—noting the country’s further deterioration of civil, political, labor, social, and cultural rights since the launch of a review process in February.

Cambodia had until Thursday to respond to the report, which the EU will now finalize and make a decision in February 2020 on whether to end preferential trade status for the Southeast Asian nation.

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