• Violence against human rights and other activists in Cambodia increased in the run-up to national elections in July 2013. Prime Minister Hun Sen has kept himself in office more than 27 years through force and intimidation, making him one of the world’s leaders longest in power. Violence involving state security forces occurred amidst increasing land grabs by powerful business and security interests, often through official corruption in unbridled foreign investment. Labor unrest grew as workers’ rights were suppressed. The opposition party leader remains exiled in France rather than face prison in Cambodia on politically motivated charges. Cambodian judicial officers continue to implement Hun Sen’s pronouncements by refusing to investigate additional Khmer Rouge suspects for the Khmer Rouge special tribunal.

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  • Women in the sewing division of a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Women constitute about 90 percent of the workforce in Cambodia’s garment industry.
    The Cambodian government is failing to protect garment workers who are producing for international apparel brands from serious labor rights abuses. The predominantly women workers often experience forced overtime, pregnancy-based discrimination, and anti-union practices that neither the government nor major brands have adequately addressed.

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  • Apr 26, 2015
    The Cambodian government should drop plans to revive a discredited draft law that severely restricts the activities of nongovernmental organizations and associations, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has indicated that it plans to adopt a new law in May 2015, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying he would use it to “handcuff” groups that did not comply.
  • Apr 22, 2015

    A tropical paradise or a place where foreigners risk serious danger and hardships? When it comes to refugees, the Australian government has been acting like a used car salesman trying to peddle a sale – or in this case, a one-way ticket to Cambodia.

  • Mar 27, 2015
    German apparel and footwear brands should promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products.
  • Mar 25, 2015
    Cambodian authorities should drop trumped-up charges of “insurrection” against 11 opposition party activists.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    The Cambodian government should act on charges issued against criminal suspects by an international judge at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, or the United Nations should withdraw its participation from the court and international donors should end their funding.
  • Mar 19, 2015
    We are writing in response to the public statement issued by the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia regarding the Human Rights Watch report, “‘Work Faster or Get Out’: Labor Rights Abuses in Cambodia’s Garment Industry.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    Cambodia’s government should improve enforcement of its labor law to remedy rights violations in the garment industry, said Human Rights Watch in a March 17, 2015 letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The government should improve coordination between different ministries to ensure that all garment factories are registered and regularly monitored by labor inspectors.
  • Mar 17, 2015
  • Mar 16, 2015
    Cambodia’s draft election laws violate basic human rights and democratic norms and should be substantially revised before being presented to the National Assembly for a vote.
  • Mar 11, 2015
    The Cambodian government is failing to protect garment workers who are producing for international apparel brands from serious labor rights abuses. The predominantly women workers often experience forced overtime, pregnancy-based discrimination, and anti-union practices that neither the government nor major brands have adequately addressed.