Government praises human rights progress to UN in latest report contested by civil society

Security personnel seize banners from relatives of imprisoned CNRP members at a small demonstration. Protestors had submitted a petition to a UN office in Phnom Penh seeking help in freeing their family members, June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A laudatory human rights report compiled by the Cambodian government for the UN accusing protestors of “unlawful or mercenary” behavior has drawn the ire of rights observers in the country who say the true situation has only grown more dire in recent years.

Tariffs to EU rise as partial withdrawal of EBA takes effect

The European Commission’s decision to partially withdraw Cambodia’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) tariff-free status to the European Union (EU) took effect on August 12, with about 20 percent of garment, footwear, and travel goods now subject to the bloc’s customs duties.

EBA suspension to take effect as industry unprepared to deal with fallout

The partial suspension of the European Union’s ‘Everything But Arms’ tariff-free agreement with Cambodia is set to take effect on August 12, as unions and civil society groups have said they are at a loss over how to deal with the impacts on the garment industry.

As EBA cuts near, groups appeal for respect of human rights

International civil society groups have called on foreign governments to
demand that the Cambodian government address its deteriorating human
rights record and restore democracy as the country’s “Everything but
Arms” trade tariff breaks are set to be partially revoked next month.

Garment factories cut overtime hours for workers

Garment factory workers are seeing their working hours cut amid China’s coronavirus scare and the EU’s announcement that it will partially withdraw Cambodia’s trade privileges.