‘A bit harsh’: Cambodia’s response to its growing list of critics

CRITICISM of the Cambodian government and their crackdown on human rights is “a bit harsh” according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who is arguing the case for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s autocratic rule in the hopes of winning back international favour. The former Khmer Rouge commander’s crackdown on dissent has gained him more than a few critics – most notably among them is the United Nations and European Union, who recently threatened to withdraw the country from its tariff-free trade agreement. Despite Hun Sen’s public confidence and bragging about Chinese investment, the threat from the EU ruffled some feathers in a country that relies heavily on the EU garment trade. The warning prompted the government to send a delegation to the EU on Thursday to argue Cambodia’s case; the aim being to lobby the EU and prevent the removal of Cambodia from the blocs “Everything But...


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