US Lawmakers in Threat to Review Cambodia Trade Privileges Over Hun Sen’s Crackdown

Citing human rights violations, two U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require the Trump Administration to review the preferential trade terms under which Cambodia exports $180 million of goods to the United States each year.

The Cambodia Trade Act (CTA), introduced by Rep. Alan Lowenthal and Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio, would require the government to review Cambodia’s preferential trade status and use the findings to determine whether Cambodia’s trade privileges should be “withdrawn, suspended, or limited,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

The move follows the introduction of identical bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate last month and comes several weeks after the European Union launched proceedings that could see Cambodia’s preferential access to the bloc’s market suspended.

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