Former Opposition Urges EU to Maintain Pressure on Cambodia Over Rights

Washington, D.C – EU and Asean ministers wrapped up an annual meeting last week during which members of Cambodia’s former opposition called on EU leaders to continue to apply pressure to the Cambodian government.

Sam Rainsy, the former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was banned in a Supreme Court decision in November 2017, said EU officials should insist that Cambodia “comply with all provisions of the mutual trade agreements, which provide for functional democracy in Cambodia and respect for human and social rights.”

The 22nd Asean-EU Ministerial Meeting was held in Brussels to consider issues including trade, maritime security, combating terrorism, and migration.

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