with contributions from Cheng Sokhorng
 on February 19, 2014

A delegation representing 30 international brands and global trade unions met with Cambodia’s deputy prime minister on Wednesday to express their concerns about the country’s security forces opening fire on garment workers to quell a Jan. 3 demonstration.

A protest for higher wages early last month descended into violence when security forces fired live ammunition at the rioting workers, leaving at least four dead and more than 30 injured. Two weeks after the incident, 30 international brands — including Gap, Puma and H&M — and three global trade unions (IndustriALL, International Trade Union Confederation and UNI Global Union) requested a meeting with the government.

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