Cambodia: Associations representing intl. apparel & footwear brands join letter urging govt. to address labour & human rights concerns

Author: AAFA, amfori, EBCA, FLA, FWF, FESI, SAI & WFSGI, Published on: 5 April 2019

"AAFA Joins Multi-Association Letter to Cambodia Government", 4 April 2019

... On behalf of international garment, footwear, and travel goods buyers, we are writing to express increasing concern regarding the labor and human rights situation in Cambodia which threatens trade preferences for Cambodia...

... we remain deeply concerned with the lack of progress that has been made in addressing these important issues. Criminal charges and convictions remain in place against many labor leaders, the Trade Union Law of 2016 continues to restrict the establishment of unions and union activity, and the diminished role and reduced independence of the Arbitration Council continues to undercut what was a very effective dispute resolution mechanism. Each of these developments undermines progress towards improving worker rights... These issues are emblematic of some of the larger human rights issues in Cambodia.

...we again urge you to address the concerns we detailed in our... letter as soon as possible. We would appreciate a response that outlines a roadmap of timebound commitments that would put in place the necessary steps to address our concerns...we stand ready to work with your government to address these issues...

The full letter is attached below.

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