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33 leading organizations & MSIs call on governments to echo EU call for respect of human rights in Cambodia

We, the undersigned...civil society organizations, urge your government to join the European Union (EU) in its call for the respect of human rights in Cambodia. On August 12, 2020, the EU will partially suspend Cambodia’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) tariff preferences in response to...government’s “serious and systematic violations” of four human and labour rights conventions... In April, the Cambodian government used the Covid-19 crisis to adopt...draconian state of emergency law that provides the authorities with... unfettered powers to restrict freedom of expression... We...call on governments of Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, the Netherlands, the [UK], and the [US]...to join the EU in its call to the Cambodian government to take concrete action without delay, including to...: [R]elease all political prisoners, including...human rights defenders... and members of...political opposition; Cease harassment, arbitrary arrests, and physical attacks against [them]; Immediately drop...baseless treason charges against... Kem  Sokha; Conduct...investigations into attacks... and killings,...including of Dr. Kem Ley...; Repeal the Law on...State of Emergency...; Reverse the three rounds of amendments to the Law on Political Parties...; Significantly amend the Trade Union Law...; Repeal or significantly amend the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations...;  Cease...arbitrary interference and surveillance of...media; Restore the work of the Arbitration Council...; Ensure prompt, fair and transparent resolution of all land conflicts; Cooperate with the... UN...

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