In October, the E.U. told Cambodia it had 12 months to reverse its crackdown on critics, civil society and the media or risk being suspended from the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, which allows Cambodian products duty-free access to E.U. markets.
The announcement was made at a gathering of overseas party members in Atlanta, GA, this week, which was billed as the first Cambodia National Rescue Party world congress outside the country and supporters of Sokha had opposed.
The advocacy groups have travelled and organized to increase public awareness in several states with large immigrant populations, including California, New York and some Midwestern states.
In a statement on Monday, the foreign ministry said: “In order to further promote democracy and the rule of law, the National Assembly is reviewing legal provisions to enable individuals who were banned from politics to resume their political activities.”