Cambodia Seeks to Drop Pending Charges Against Unionists in About-Face on Labor

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor on Thursday asked all union leaders and labor activists who have court cases pending against them to report to the ministry so it can work with justice officials to have the charges dropped, in a move by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime to alleviate pressure from the international community over his human rights record.

The move comes a day after Hun Sen asked the two ministries to end pending cases to allow greater freedom for unions to work independently without fear of prosecution, especially in the crucial garment manufacturing sector.

A statement issued by the labor ministry said those who have cases pending against them should submit relevant documents before Dec. 10.

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