Cambodian land reform

German support for Cambodian land reform helps improve human rights situation

01.10.2013 | Bonn – On behalf of the BMZ, the German Institute for Human Rights has conducted an in-depth study of the Cambodian-German land rights programme in Cambodia. The study looked into the extent to which Germany's support really helps improve the human rights situ­a­tion and whether implementation is in line with the human rights principles of non-discrimination, participation, transparency and accountability.

Monika Lüke, an independent evaluator working for the German Institute for Human Rights, concluded in her study, Human Rights Assessment of the German-Cambodian Land Rights Programme, which has now been published by the Institute, that the focus on human rights has been implemented well and that Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion is helping to improve the human rights situ­a­tion in the land sector. In particular, she had much praise for the programme's concentration on par­tic­u­lar­ly vulnerable groups, such as women and indigenous people. She said that the activities for informal settlers in the provincial capital of Battambang, which had been developed with support from Germany, were exemplary.

On the occasion of the study's publication in Berlin, BMZ State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz made the following statement: "Human rights are a guiding principle for Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. Independent studies such as this one enable us to compare aspirations with reality. I am very pleased that our land rights programme in Cambodia is helping to realise human rights. Building on our close co­op­er­a­tion with the Cambodian Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, we will review the study's recommendations and further refine our land rights programme."

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