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Cambodia: Pressure and threats for garment workers ahead of election

GARMENT workers in Cambodia are facing pressure from their bosses to vote in the upcoming July general election amid calls to boycott the one-sided contest in protest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eradication of an opposition. Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) spoke to several factory workers who said they have been coerced by employers to cast their vote of “face consequences” despite their party of choice, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), being dissolved in November. Only one credible party remains in the national elections – Hun Sen’s own party, the Cambodia People’s Party (CPP). While a collection of small parties are on the ballot to give the illusion of democracy, most of these are considered puppet parties of the CPP or are unable to mobilise any significant number of voters. Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) is welcomed by garment workers during a rally in Kandal province, Cambodia, July 4, 2018....

 

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