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Cambodia: Labour rights violations
As shown in the map, risks of labour violations are concentrated in and around Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The capital region is home to the bulk of factories in the country’s economically important textiles sector, and labour unrest has been growing in the sector since 2012, giving rise to frequent and intense strikes. In early January 2014, after a week of violent garment strikes in Phnom Penh, state security forces opened fire on workers, killing 4 people and wounding many more. After a temporary decrease in strikes and other forms of industrial action in February 2014, the number of disputes and strikes in the garment sector quickly returned to its previous level the following month. Additional areas affected by heightened levels of labour violations and strikes include Svay Rieng province in the southeast, home to the Manhattan Special Economic Zone, and the centrally-located province of Kampong Chhnang.
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