EU punishes Cambodia over human rights abuses

In December 2019, Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen dismissed a threat from the European Union (EU) to halt special trade privileges over human rights issues. 

“I don’t care, if (they) want to do whatever, do it,” Hun Sen said in a speech at a university graduation ceremony in the capital city of Phnom Penh. He added that Brexit will limit the impact of the sanctions. 

The EU accounts for nearly half of Cambodia’s exports, with Germany being the largest importer, taking roughly 11 percent of all Cambodian goods, while Britain is the second largest, buying over eight percent of goods according to official data. 

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