Gardner proposes bipartisan bill to uphold democracy, human rights in Cambodia

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently sponsored bipartisan legislation to promote free and fair elections, political freedoms and human rights in Cambodia, a Southeast Asian state where China has had growing influence.

“The United States cannot stand idly by as a dictatorship entrenches in Cambodia and corrosive Chinese influence takes hold,” Sen. Gardner said on Jan. 3.

The lawmaker on Dec. 18, 2019 unveiled the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019, S. 3081, in response to the deteriorating human rights and democracy situation in Cambodia. Sens. Gardner and Markey are chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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