EU condemns political persecution in Cambodia

Full suspension of trade privileges raised as an option if elections are found not to be free and fair.

The parliament of the European Union will consider a complete withdrawal of all trade privileges under its Everything But Arms policy (EBA) if Cambodia’s commune elections on June 5 and the national ballot next year are found not to be free and fair.

That possibility was put on the table by EU parliamentarians urging further support for political activists and civil society groups who are attempting to reclaim political space. It was suggested that this was one tool alongside sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes.

“They say that the European Commission should be prepared to use all tools available, including a complete suspension of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms status and other sanctions, if electoral observers find evidence of unfair elections,” the resolution said.

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