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Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech on February 14, 2020, at the Sihanoukville port, where the Holland America Line's Westerdam cruise ship was docked. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

After EBA Loss, Hun Sen Welcomes Cruise, Touts Human Rights Respect

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday linked his decision to let a luxury cruise ship dock in Cambodia, after it had been turned away by other nations due to coronavirus fears, with the nation’s commitment to human rights, just days after the E.U. withdrew trade benefits over rights violations.

Chinese health officials check people for symptoms of novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, on January 25, 2020. (Supplied by Cambodian students in Wuhan)

Cambodian Students in China Raise Coronavirus Fears

Cambodian university students say they’re worried about contracting a new respiratory virus while studying in China where about 2,000 cases of the illness have been reported and more than 50 people have died.

A Hengfu sugarcane plantation in Preah Vihear province in July 2019 (VOD)

Plantations Skirted Laws to Amass Land, Driving Locals Into Debt

Sugar plantations in Preah Vihear have skirted land laws to amass territory, driving indigenous people into debt. Now, the EU is examining the land concessions, among other rights concerns, as it finalizes a decision on whether Cambodia will keep duty-free trade preferences.

Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Federica Mogherini, then-high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy and vice president of the European Commission, in Brussels on October 18, 2018. (European External Action Service)

EU’s EBA Concerns Span Press, Politics, Unions

The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.