Tax-Free Trade Access Will Stay, Says EU

The European Union has said that it has no plans to suspend Cambodia’s duty-free trade access even though there have been concerns over land evictions as a result of economic land concessions. The EU is seeking that human rights are not the cost of trade benefits, this was in conjunction to the Everything But Arms (EBA) program which Cambodia is a part of. One of the main issues is the land disputes villagers have with Ly Yong Phat and his sugar companies in Koh Kong, Kompong Speu and Oddor Meanchey provincies. (By Hul Reaksmey, pg. 26)