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Kem Sokha greets reporters outside his home on November 11, 2019; CNRP activists are escorted outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 14, 2019. (Panha Chhorpoan/VOD)

Gov’t to Note Release of Kem Sokha, Opposition Activists in EBA Reply

The E.U. is asking too much — it’s pushing the government to break the country’s laws — so Cambodia will merely update the bloc about the easing of restrictions for on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha and other concessions, the governmental Human Rights Committee said this week.

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.

Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Angela Corcoran and CNRP president Kem Sokha outside his Phnom Penh home on November 12, 2019 (Sanh Bun Hoeun/VOD)

EU: ‘We Expect’ Kem Sokha’s Full Release

Government spokesman Phay Siphan rejected the notion that Cambodia would alter its approach to politics under the pressure of possible trade sanctions, as diplomatic meetings continued on Wednesday at the newly released opposition leader’s Phnom Penh home.

Garment workers in a factory in Cambodia on December 9, 2014. (ILO)

EU Submits EBA Report to Government

The E.U. on Tuesday sent the Cambodian government its preliminary report on the possible suspension of duty-free trade over political and human rights concerns, the bloc said in a statement.

Fishing in Kandal province, January 17, 2019 (Fisheries Administration)

EU Funds GPS Tracking of Cambodian Fishers

Agriculture Minister Veng Sokhon said every fishing boat in the country will be tracked with E.U.-funded GPS beacons by 2023 in order to crack down on illegal fishing.