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.
Cambodian exporters face increased tariffs in August after the EU on Wednesday announced its decision to withdraw some duty-free trade with the country due to “serious and systematic” human rights violations.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that Cambodia had responded to the European Union’s preliminary report on suspending trade preferences, giving “comprehensive” explanations about what it had done to improve political participation, land rights, freedom of expression and freedom of association.
Even as the EU’s decision to potentially sanction Cambodia looms, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday insisted that the criticized treason case against opposition leader Kem Sokha could still take months to resolve.
The European Commission said on Tuesday that it had finalized a preliminary report on suspending the “Everything But Arms” (EBA) trade preferences with Cambodia over human rights and political concerns.