Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen criticises West’s ‘double standards’ after fresh sanctions
- He complained that Cambodia was the victim of ‘political agendas’ and that Western countries failed to appreciate its great achievements
- The EU partially suspended trade preferences while the US imposed sanctions on a Chinese developer over evictions in the Dara Sakor project
Instead, he said Cambodia had been the victim of political agendas and “double standards”.
“They also use this human rights issue as a political tool or a pretext for interfering in internal affairs, violating sovereignty and independence of Cambodia and other weak countries,” he wrote, according to a translation by The Phnom Penh Post.
The European Union in August partially suspended the country's trade preferences in response to human rights violations, such as the forced dissolution of the main opposition party.
The United Nations this month expressed concern at a new wave of arrests targeting youth activists and environmental campaigners.
The evictions were carried out with the involvement of a top general in Cambodia's military, the US Treasury said.