Today, the ICJ and 31 other civil society organizations released a joint letter urging the Governments of Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America to echo the European Union (EU) in its call for the respect of human rights in Cambodia.
As the Cambodian government continues to crack down on civil society, independent media, the political opposition and human rights defenders, the organizations urged the Governments, acting collectively and bilaterally, to call on the Cambodian government to take concrete action without delay to address the deteriorating human rights situation; comply with its obligations under international human rights law; and support the EU in its efforts to bring respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy to the Cambodian people.
On 12 August 2020, the EU will partially suspend Cambodia’s “Everything But Arms” tariff preferences in response to the Cambodian government’s “serious and systematic violations” of four human and labor rights conventions: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize No. 87 (1948), the ILO Convention concerning the Application of the Principles of the Right to Organize and to Bargain Collectively, No. 98 (1949), and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966).
The joint letter is available here.
Frederick Rawski, ICJ Asia and Pacific Regional Director, frederick.rawski(a)icj.org
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