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A garment worker checks pants in a factory in Cambodia on December 9, 2014 (ILO)

Union’s Petition on EBA Rejected

A union’s petition blaming the government for the potential loss of Cambodia’s duty-free trade access to the E.U. was rejected by the prime minister’s cabinet.

Construction workers at a building site in Phnom Penh in January 2015 (Philip Brookes/Flickr)

World Bank Warns of Economic Risks Amid Strong Growth

Possible E.U. trade sanctions, rising indebtedness and slowing foreign investment — which “peaked” last year — pose substantial risks to the Cambodian economy despite continuing strong growth, the World Bank said in its latest country update.

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.

US and China Squabble Over Impact on Cambodia

The Phnom Penh embassies of the U.S. and China — whose governments have a dubious history of destabilizing Cambodia for their own geopolitical ends and both stoked and prolonged the country’s two-decades-long civil war — have become embroiled in their second Internet flame war over the country this year.