Human Rights: Cambodia

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 9th February 2021.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what occasions she has raised human rights concerns with representatives from the Cambodian Government since the implementation of the least developed countries framework.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The United Kingdom continues to raise its concerns about human rights with the Cambodian government at every opportunity. For example, when explaining the UK’s approach on trade preferences to Cambodia, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Cambodia expressed our concerns about the human rights situation to Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister in December 2020.

At UN Human Rights Council sessions in late 2019 and June 2020, the UK also publicly urged the Cambodian authorities to lift restrictions on political debate and to create the conditions for a proper functioning democracy. The United Kingdom continues to seek opportunities to increase our engagement with Cambodia directly on these issues.

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