|KHRP Approaches 16 with Style and Substance|
Lord Eric Avebury last night hosted the launch of Kurds: Through the Photographer’s Lens, a singular collection of photographs, poetry and writing commissioned by the Delfina Foundation to celebrate 15 years of the Kurdish Human Rights Project.
Twenty striking photographs from the book were on display during the event at the SW1 Gallery in London and these were later auctioned by comedian Mark Thomas, a longstanding supporter of KHRP, raising some £5,000 towards the organisation’s work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of all people living in the Kurdish regions. Tickets for a prize draw were also sold and the winners presented with copies of the book signed by contributor Harold Pinter.
Lord Avebury, KHRP's Honorary President, and Mark Muller QC, KHRP Board Chair, both spoke about their long relationship with the organisation and its importance in depoliticising the word ‘Kurd’. Expressing his deep admiration for the Kurdish people and the beauty of the lands where they live, Lord Avebury described the continuing need for international support for the people living in the Kurdish regions. Both speakers went on to praise Delfina Entrecanales for her vision and support of the book and the KHRP, and for appreciating the value of bridging cultural divides.
‘Our warmest thanks go out to everyone who donated their work, their time and their energy to make this book possible, as well as all those who organised and attended the launch,’ said KHRP Executive Director Kerim Yildiz. ‘It is a unique experience to see the recent history of the Kurds portrayed so vividly and it is an honour to know that such an exciting venture was undertaken in recognition of KHRP. We look forward to many more years of progress on human rights in the Kurdish regions, helped along by the funds raised through this project.’