In February 2018, Senator Lindsey Gram (R-SC) introduced the Cambodia Accountability and Return on Investment (CARI) Act. The CARI Act would pressure Cambodia to participate in free and fair elections. Senator Thom Tillis weighed in with his support for international human rights and vowed to continue to monitor Cambodia closely. Read his statement below.
Dear Mrs. Thit:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the Cambodia Accountability and Return on Investment Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, on February 8, 2018, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced S. 2412, the Cambodia Accountability and Return on Investment (CARI) Act. This legislation was subsequently referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If enacted, the CARI Act would restrict assistance to the Cambodian government due to human rights concerns and a lack of enforcement of sanctions against North Korea. In addition, this legislation would continue the implementation of a visa denial policy implemented in December of 2017 until free and fair parliamentary elections have taken place, and it imposes sanctions on individuals captured within that policy.
The United States must stand for the protection of human rights around the world, and I agree that this is among our most important foreign policy objectives. No person should be denied basic human and political rights. As co-chair of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, I will continue to monitor closely the situation in Cambodia. Please know that should the CARI Act come before the full Senate, I will keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other issues that are important to you.