Cambodia: Rights Abuses in the Garment Industry


In a recent report HumanRightsWatch accuses the Cambodian government of failing to protect garment workers who are producing for international apparel brands from serious labor rights abuses. According HumanRightsWatch the predominantly women workers often experience forced overtime, pregnancy-based discrimination, and anti-union practices that neither the government nor major brands have adequately addressed.

The 140-page report, “Work Faster or Get Out: Labor Rights Abuses in Cambodia’s Garment Industry” documents lax government enforcement of labor laws and brand actions that hinder monitoring and compliance. In recent years, wage protests, instances of garment workers fainting, and burdensome union registration procedures have spotlighted the plight of workers in Cambodia’s garment factories.