EU’s Sokha resolution ‘a sovereign rights breach’
The National Assembly (NA) said the European Parliament (EP) did not respect the Kingdom’s independence and sovereignty when it passed a resolution strongly critical of the recent conviction and sentencing of former opposition leader Kem Sokha for “treason”. ...
Detained ex-opposition leader Kem Sokha blocked from meeting with his lawyers
Former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s lawyers said in a Tuesday statement that they were denied access to their client in violation of his rights, preventing them from discussing a planned appeal against his treason conviction. ...
Sorn Sarath and Sovann Sreypich
Industry makes another appeal against EU tariffs
Three associations in the garment, footwear and travel goods and commerce yesterday once again sent a letter to the European Parliament appealing to postpone the scheduled partial withdrawal of the Everything but Arms (EBA) trade preferences. ...
Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat
The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. ...
Niem Chheng and Meas Sokchea
Government blasts European Parliament’s resolution
The government has lashed out at a European Parliament resolution passed last week that calls for former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason charges to be dropped and human rights to be restored, arguing the resolution was biased. ...
EU Calls for Cambodia Sanctions
The European parliament has voted to consider suspending Cambodia’s preferential “Everything But Arms” trade access to the European Union in response to the country’s authoritarian backslide. ...
European Parliament calls for actions against Cambodian government
The European Parliament passed a resolution yesterday calling on the European Commission and European External Action Service to impose visa restrictions on Cambodian officials and freeze their assets, and to review the human rights clauses of the Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement for a potential ...
World MPs see rights crisis in Kingdom
Two separate groups of international parliamentarians this week raised concerns over the state of democracy in Cambodia, seeing threats to pluralism and human rights in harassment of opposition politicians, trade unions and civil society activists. ...
Cristina Maza and Meas Sokchea
EU considers union appeals, urges government to respect human rights
The E.U.’s ambassador to Cambodia said he would weigh appeals from pro-government unions critical of a call by opposition party leader Sam Rainsy to push the government to improve its human rights record through increased economic pressure. ...
Khuon Narim, Khy Sovuthy and Sonia Kohlbacher
PM challenges EU to follow through on threat to cut aid
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday blithely brushed aside a recent threat from the European Parliament to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cambodia over human rights abuses, challenging the body to follow through. ...
NGOs die first if aid cut: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday slammed recent calls for sanctions against Cambodia over what supporters of the measures call a government-level disrespect of democracy, claiming the first to be hurt by sanctions would be NGOs. ...
Amid turmoil, EU calls for review of aid to Cambodia
The European Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution accusing the Cambodian government of laying politically motivated charges against the opposition and calling for aid cuts if its respect for human rights fails to improve—a loud echo of a resolution it passed just six months ago. ...
EU pledges nearly $9M to eleven local NGOs
Six months after the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Cambodian government to scrap a draft NGO law that came into effect in August, the E.U. announced on Monday that it had pledged 8.2 million euros (about $8.9 million) to local and international ...
Human rights: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Cambodia
Parliament urges Cambodia to drop all charges brought against opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members; calls on the Bangladesh authorities to restore the full independence of the media; and appeals to the government of Afghanistan to intensify cooperation with the ...
Eu adopts resolution against NGO law
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday calling on the Cambodian government to cancel a draft law that would strictly regulate NGOs and associations in the country, warning that its passage could cost Cambodia up to $700 million in development aid. ...
Kuch Naren and Colin Meyn
CNRP leaders lobby EU Parliamentarians over ‘Blood Sugar’
The opposition CNRP made another pitch for an end to free trade benefits for Cambodian sugar exports to the European Union at a meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday with visiting European Parliament members, blaming the benefits for effectively subsidizing companies that are evicting poor ...
EU trade commissioner visits Cambodia to boost ties
The European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht started his visit to Cambodia on Tuesday to bolster bilateral trade link. De Gucht held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Sun Chanthol and both sides agreed to further promote bilateral trade relations for mutual benefits, Ken Ratha, ...
Xinhuanet News Staff
Meeting on bitter sugar issues
An ad hoc committee comprised of representatives from the European Union, the Ministry of Commerce, provincial administrations and the sugar industry met again yesterday at the ministry’s headquarters to continue its discussion of issues faced by those displaced by sugar plantations. The committee touched upon topics ...
Sugar Firm Offers Defense After Call for Probe of EU Trade Links
The director of a CPP senator’s sugar plantation accused of stealing land from hundreds of families said Wednesday that most locals were happy with the new jobs the plantation has generated, a week after a visiting European Union parliamentarian renewed calls for an investigation of ...
EU Parliamentarian Finds Abuses Fueled by Trade Scheme
Sugar plantations that benefit from the European Union’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, which allows preferential access to the E.U.’s market, have further impoverished Cambodia’s poor, and an investigation needs to be launched, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) said on Friday. Patrice Tirolien, MEP ...