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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Good governance» in Israel-Palestine

In a region marked by long-standing conflicts, HEKS/EPER is striving to promote peace based on justice and respect for human rights. The latter have been drastically curtailed as a result of the strife and this is hampering a permanent peace settlement. HEKS/EPER supports civil society players that are working, by non-violent means, to overcome the current conflicts and inequality. To this end, a network of local and international organizations is being forged in order to achieve a just, human rights-based peace settlement. Under the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), HEKS/EPER also works to enhance the protection of the civilian population through the use of international human rights observers. HEKS/EPER carries out awareness-raising activities in Switzerland.

HEKS in Israel/Palestine

Facts

In 2019, nine partner organisations committed to direct dialogue between various groups. Among other things, this enabled them peacefully to open up access to land in five areas, whether for agriculture, rights of transit or for cultural facilities.

HEKS/EPER sent eight volunteers as human rights monitors, principally to ensure greater safety for school children.

A properly functioning State is transparent and accountable in that it ensures legal certainty, peace, human rights and participation and creates economic and social conditions that ensure the population's well-being. HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations strive to ensure that civil society is involved in economic and political processes – more specifically also minorities and other communities on the fringes of society, as inclusive governance fosters stability and sustainability.