Cambodia Seeks Opposition Leader’s Arrest Amid EU Sanctions Threat

Phnom Penh – Cambodia renewed calls on Monday for the arrest of veteran opposition chief Sam Rainsy as it faces the threat of sanctions from the European Union, its biggest garment export market worth billions of euros a year, over human rights concerns.

Sam Rainsy’s opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the Supreme Court in 2017 and 118 CNRP members were banned from politics ahead of the 2018 general election.

Long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen won every seat in the July vote. The EU then warned that it would strip Cambodia of its “Everything but Arms” duty-free trading access.

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