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The humanitarian situation is becoming increasingly dramatic
The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly desperate: people are starving and the medical services are collapsing. Rapid aid is vital for those affected. But despite the great need, it cannot be adequately financed at present. HEKS is therefore urgently dependent on further donations.
Statement, 10 November 2023 (updated on 11 December 2023)
HEKS/EPER calls for immediate ceasefire
The situation for civilians in Gaza is dramatic. The ongoing bombardments and fighting throughout the Gaza Strip, the lack of safe escape routes and the lack of humanitarian access are leading to a humanitarian catastrophe for the affected population. HEKS/EPER is therefore calling for an immediate ceasefire to allow access for urgently needed humanitarian aid and is increasing its emergency aid to one million Swiss francs. At the same time HEKS appeals to all parties to the conflict to comply with international humanitarian law.
In October, the Zug Cantonal Court approved the request of Asmania, Arif, Bobby and Edi for legal aid. For the four plaintiffs, this is an important interim step in the continuation of the proceedings against the Zug-based Holcim AG.
The conflict in the Middle East has reached a largely unprecedented level of violence in the past two weeks. HEKS/EPER is committed to protecting the civilian population and is preparing to bring humanitarian assistance to suffering civilians as rapidly as possible.
HEKS/EPER condemns the horrific attacks by armed groups against Israel and Israeli civilians. The atrocities can by no means be justified. HEKS/EPER also condemns the attacks against civilians in Gaza.
SAJE wins appeal to the European Court of Human Rights
In its ruling rendered on July 4, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Switzerland in three of the four cases in which the State Secretariat for Migration refused to grant family reunification to individuals who partially relied on social assistance. The Service d'Aide Juridique aux Exilé-e-s (SAJE) lodged two appeals, one of which was successful.
HEKS/EPER mobilises to help the most vulnerable in camps
On 14 May 2023, the strongest cyclone in a decade hit the shores of Bangladesh and Myanmar, two of the countries where HEKS/EPER is operating. In the days before the cyclone hit, HEKS supplied materials and helped the residents of the refugee camps in Bangladesh to reinforce their huts and prepare themselves accordingly. The coast of Myanmar was hit much harder by the cyclone. The local HEKS team is currently assessing the situation.