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As the European Commission is in the final month of a 12-month review of its trade preferences for Cambodia under its Everything But Arms (EBA) programme, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has thrown down the gauntlet to the EU by putting Kem Sokha, the…
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Tokyo is fighting a losing battle for Hun Sen’s support, and selling its own legacy in the democratization of Cambodia short.

Click to expand Image Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at…
2017asia_cambodia_hunsen Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the celebration marking the 64th anniversary of the country's independence from France, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 9, 2017.
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“Whore.... Do you think this is a brothel? You must meet the production demand here. If you want to continue to work here, listen to us.”
 
 This nasty threat is a snapshot of the harassment that supervisors and managers heap on many Bangladeshi…
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“That’s the Rat Trap Door factory,” a garment worker told me, pointing to a little blue door on a windowless wall along National Road 4 in Phnom Penh. “The door is so small it looks like only rats can get in.”
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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.
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May Day was celebrated in Cambodia with rallies and calls for better working conditions, but there was not much to celebrate.
 
 In April, Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a trade union law that falls well short of the International Labor…
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 “It doesn’t matter whether you are pregnant or not – whether you are sick or not – you have to sit and work,” Po Pov told my colleague about her job in a Cambodian garment factory. “If you take a break, the work piles up on the machine and the…
An activist from the Worker Information Center, a local nongovernmental organization, sporting a t-shirt as part of a campaign to raise awareness about garment workers’ wages in Cambodia.
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The bank should develop a strategy to end attacks on community members and activists and provide remedies to victims

In countries around the world, people who suffer harm because of development projects financed by the World Bank Group take grave risks to speak out and often face severe consequences. Yet the bank has taken few concrete steps to protect community members…
Members of the Boeung Kak community protest peacefully in Phnom Penh, May 2013.
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Who says Congress can’t agree on anything? Last week, two extraordinary pieces of legislation moved out of a key committee toward the floor of the U.S. Senate.   The first, an amendment to a contentious trade authorization bill, would prohibit the…