Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said:“The EU is proud to provide the most economically vulnerable countries of the world with free access to our market. The Everything But Arms initiative has had a significant impact on development and poverty eradication in Cambodia. Nevertheless, the recent worrying developments in the country have called for a closer assessment of whether Cambodia is fulfilling its commitments. The discussions and information gathering during our EU mission have focused on the serious decline in the area of political and electoral rights, as well as a curbing of civil society activities. There are also deficiencies when it comes to land dispute resolution mechanisms, and serious threats to freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. In the trade policy of the European Union, social justice is a vital aspect, including the respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and labour standards. Following the fact-finding mission, we will now analyse the facts in detail, and consider further steps.Removing Cambodia from the trade scheme is a measure of last resort, if all our other efforts have failed to address these concerns.”
Les conséquences de la politique suicidaire de HUN Sen
commencent à se faire sentir et
deviendront dévastatrices pour l’industrie
de vêtements et de chaussures qui exporte
plus de $6 milliards vers l’Union Européenne et
$3 milliards vers les Etats-Unis.
Les autres piliers de l’économie cambodgiennes
vont connaitre le même sort :
la Construction et le Tourisme !
IL EST TEMPS MAINTENANT
QUE LES INVESTISSEURS VÉREUX
RÉCUPÈRENT LEUR MISE ET
QUITTENT LE CAMBODGE AU PLUS VITE !
Communiqué de l’ EU : Cambodia: reverse the ban on the main opposition party
MEPs urge the Cambodian authorities to reverse their decision to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and ban 118 CNRP politicians from politics for five years. They also call for the release of CNRP leader Kem Sokha, arrested on 3 September. MEPs express concern about the general elections scheduled for July 2018, stressing that an electoral process from which the main opposition party has been excluded is not legitimate.
Cambodia currently benefits from EU’s preferential EBA (Everything But Arms) scheme, the most favourable regime available under the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences. If Cambodian authorities do not respect fundamental rights, these tariff preferences must be temporarily withdrawn, say MEPs. They also ask the European External Action Service and the EU Commission to prepare a list of individuals responsible for the dissolution of the opposition and other serious human rights violations in Cambodia, with a view to imposing visa restrictions and asset freezes on them.
Chinese investment in Cambodia was close to $1 billion last year – vastly eclipsing all other nations – while Beijing also provides hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and multi-billion dollar infrastructure loans. More than 60 percent of Cambodia’s garment factories are Chinese owned.
The vice-chair of the European Union Subcommittee on Human Rights says her union needs to react “very soon” with concrete actions in response to what she characterized as the Cambodian government’s moves to dissolve the country’s main opposition party.
Targeted sanctions or even suspension of preferential access to Cambodia’s biggest export market are among the options the union must consider now, Lochbihler told VOA.
“In Cambodia they could say ‘yes, well we have the support of the Chinese government, why do we care about the EU?’” she said.
“But then if you look clearly, you can see that the EU is the biggest export market for Cambodia. So I think they take this into consideration, and also personally I think if the European Union would go a step further and put specific, targeted sanctions against individuals in the government, governments and representatives of governments are sensitive to this.”
Cambodia exported more than $5 billion worth of products in 2016 to the European Union, which gives the country preferential access to its markets under the Everything But Arms program.
Le Porte Parole du Ministère de l’Intérieur aurait reconnu que KEM Sokha possèdait l’Immunité parlementaire garantie par la Constitution. A ce titre il ne peut pas être arrêté. SAR Kheng, Ministre de l’Intérieur, aurait-il décidé de se démarquer de la ligne dure de HUN SEN ? (Lire l’article de Phnompenh Post ci-dessous)
PLENARY SESSION Press release – Development and cooperation / External relations − 26-11-2015 – 12:23
Parliament urges Cambodia to drop all charges brought against opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members; calls on the Bangladesh authorities to restore the full independence of the media; and appeals to the government of Afghanistan to intensify cooperation with the government of Pakistan, in three resolutions passed on Thursday. Cambodia
Parliament is concerned at the deteriorating climate for opposition politicians and activists, and human rights, social and environmental activists in Cambodia and urges the Cambodian authorities to “revoke the arrest warrant and drop all charges issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members of the National Assembly and Senate, including Senator Hong Sok Hour and CNRP activists and organisers, to allow them to work freely without fear of arrest or persecution, and to end political use of the courts to prosecute people on politically-motivated and trumped-up charge”. The EP calls on the government of Cambodia and the opposition to engage in a serious and meaningful dialogue. The non-binding resolution was passed by 567 votes to 27, with 36 abstentions.
In Points 2 and 3 of its 26 November 2015 Resolution on Cambodia, “The European Parliament urges the Cambodian authorities to revoke the arrest warrant and drop all charges issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy (…), and calls on the National Assembly to reinstate Sam Rainsy immediately [as member of parliament] and to restore his parliamentary immunity.” The European Parliament represents the peoples of 28 countries that are members of the European Union.
The Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of the European Union Member States in Phnom Penh are concerned by reports of attacks on two opposition Members of the National Assembly on 26 October, and of aggressive demonstrations directed against the First Vice President of the National Assembly.
The Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of the European Union Member States call on the Cambodian authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all democratically elected representatives of the Cambodian people, and to bring to justice those responsible for the violent assaults.