Nearly 70 NGOs have appealed to the government to restore human rights and labor rights in the country as the EU considers rescinding trade preferences over rights violations.
In a statement dated March 19 the 66 groups said losing the EU’s Everything But Arms trade deal would impact the livelihoods and well-being of Cambodians as well as the country’s development.
They called on the government to take action to fulfill the terms of the EBA concerning human rights and labor rights.
The EU has expressed its concerns over a deteriorating environment for democracy in Cambodia, pointing to the dissolution of the opposition party in 2017 and the heightened pressure on independent media and civil society.
On February 11, the EU launched a formal procedure to temporarily withdraw the EBA.