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Sweden pledges $3 million aid for human rights education

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Samuel Hurtig, embassy head of development cooperation and Morten Kjarum, RWI headquarter Director during the signing ceremony. Supplied

The Embassy of Sweden yesterday inked an agreement with Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to strengthen human rights education in the Kingdom’s academic institutions.

The agreement bears a three-year core support from 2020 to 2022 and a budget oapproximately $3.2 million.

In a press statement, the RWI said the assistance will allow the institute to continue supporting human rights education for the next generation of Cambodian decision-makers.

These will encompass research in human rights areas, including gender and environment and other programmes which can stimulate better-informed debates and advance increased cooperation between various sectors of the society, it added.

Samuel Hurtig, the embassy head of development cooperation, said yesterday RWI’s activities have significantly contributed to improving knowledge of human rights, gender equality and the principles of the rule of law among citizens and the public sector in Cambodia over the past years.

“We are pleased to continue partnering with RWI. This support is in line with the Swedish government’s strategy for development cooperation with Cambodia and drive for democracy, with the promotion and protection of human rights at the core,” he said.

Hanna Johnsson, director of RWI’s Cambodia Office, said: “We are very much looking forward to continue strengthening our partnerships in the human rights field in Cambodia. I feel privileged to have been part of this successful work so far.”

“In particular, the achievements of our alumni are good reasons to be optimistic about what the future could bring for the people of Cambodia,” she added.

Since 2013, RWI has collaborated with numerous relevant institutions that have the capacity and mandate to make a positive impact on the human rights situation in Cambodia at the academic, policy and implementation levels.

According to the Swedish embassy, Sweden and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in 1961, with the country providing its first development cooperation support to Cambodia in 1979.

It said, at present, Swedish bilateral development cooperation with Cambodia focuses on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, education, employment, climate change and the sustainable use of natural resources.

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