amfori Joins Call for Cambodian Government to Safeguard Human Rights



amfori has joined five other influential organisations in signing a letter urging the Cambodian government to take immediate action to promote human and labour rights.

The letter, also signed by the Fair Wear Foundation, Fair Labor Association, the Ethical Trading Initiative, American Apparel and Footwear Association, and Social Accountability International, was sent on 19 March 2018. It stresses our collective concern about recent developments that we believe are weakening human rights protection and undermining progress towards improved worker rights.

A copy of the letter can be read here.

Cambodia is an important sourcing market for amfori members, 135 of whom source from 300 factories across the country. We therefore call on the Cambodian government to act quickly, and come good on commitments made in the 16 October 2017 announcement. Among those commitments was the revision of Article 16 of the draft Law on Minimum Wage, and a pledge to work with all stakeholders to strengthen the Arbitration Council (AC) by ensuring workers are protected from any reprisal or prejudicial action.

UN Special Rapporteur calls for restoration of democracy and vibrant civil society

In early March, United Nations officials warned of the country’s growing disregard for civil liberties following the dissolution of the leading opposition party and the imprisonment of its leader, Kem Sokha, on charges of treason. The closure of a number of independent news media and NGOs has also spiked concerns.

Recognising progress

Together with our partners, amfori recognises the Cambodian government’s leadership in transforming a $27m garment industry in 1995 into a $6.3bn industry employing over 650,000 workers, and improving working conditions. We therefore remain concerned by the lack of action to quickly resolve these issues, which are critical to our members as well as to the Cambodian people.

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