Cambodia raised the minimum wage for textile workers in September to $190 a month as pressure from the EU rose over the country’s human rights and political record [File: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg]

The European Union expressed concern at the human rights situation in Cambodia as it gave the government a one-month deadline to respond to a report on its investigation before deciding whether to suspend trade benefits.

The EU has threatened to suspend the trade preferences over a crackdown on the opposition, non-governmental organisations and the media by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the Southeast Asian country of 16 million people for more than 34 years.

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The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said it had finalised its preliminary report

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