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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for asylum seekers» in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. It is still marked by the negative consequences of the "Khmer Rouge" regime. Authoritarian rule and a weak democracy are hampering economic development. Agriculture provides a livelihood for some 80 per cent of the population and still has enormous potential for development. Through a broad-based country aid strategy, HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations are working to secure the livelihoods of Cambodian smallholder families and boost their autonomy. This involves several complementary projects to improve agricultural output and foster peaceful coexistence in society.

HEKS/EPER in Cambodia

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER, 2019 witnessed the peaceful resolution of 20 conflicts over land and resources, some of them after long periods. As a result, 3600 people obtained access to water, a factor also crucial to agriculture. HEKS/EPER promotes market access for small agricultural producers, and this enabled 51 per cent of 1420 families to increase their income.

Respect for human dignity is one of the cornerstones of the Swiss State. This means that everyone is entitled to personal respect. Asylum seekers and refugees are in a particularly vulnerable situation, as their country can no longer provide them with this protection or has withdrawn it. They often speak none of Switzerland's national languages and do not know the Swiss legal system. During the complex asylum process they need neutral information and often legal representation as well. The legal advice offices for asylum seekers run by HEKS/EPER in 11 cantons provide them with these services.