Cambodia Responds to European Commission’s EBA Investigation

Cambodia has proved to the European Union about the government's endeavour in promoting the space for civil society, respect of human rights, and democracy progress in the Kingdom.

The update was shared yesterday by the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Ket Sophann, underlining that from August 12 until the next three months is the period for Cambodia to make clarifications to a recent investigation by the European Commission.

It is a 30-page investigation on EBA suspension possibility for Cambodia called Note to the File by an assigned team of the commission who spent a week in Cambodia to do the work, added the spokesperson.

He continued that the investigation identified issues in four areas related to political rights, freedom of expression and of associations, right in organising mass protest, and withdrawal of household property ownership driven by economic land concession.

Cambodia is responding to all the points raised and sent its delegation to the European Union to present reality in the Kingdom.

It will be a very unfair treatment, if the European Union will decide to suspend the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme for Cambodia, said H.E. Ket Sophann.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press