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KHRP appears in Grand Chamber case of Chiragov and others v Armenia
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:14

KHRP is to appear before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 15 September 2010 at 09:15 am (local time) in the case of Chiragov and others v Armenia. The case concerns the flight of the six applicants and their families, who are Azeri Kurds, from their villages in the Azerbaijan region of Lachin when it came under attack by Armenia in 1992. Since that time the Applicants have been unable to return to their homes and property and the area remains the subject of an international dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The capture of Lachin created approximately 30,000 Azeri displaced persons, many of whom have suffered severe psychological distress not only from the circumstances of their displacement but also from the loss of their livelihoods and the poor living conditions they and their families have had to cope with for more than 18 years in Baku and elsewhere.

The applicants claim to have been deprived of their right to peaceful enjoyment of their possessions as guaranteed by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention of Human Rights (‘ECHR’, 'the Convention'). They further claim that their right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the Convention, as well as right the right to an effective remedy under Article 13 of the Convention, have been violated and finally that they were subjected to discrimination in their treatment by virtue of ethnic and religious affiliation as prohibited by Article 14 of the ECHR.

'This hearing will be of immense importance for the thousands of displaced Azeri as well as for all displaced people across Europe who have been forced to flee their homes because of state-orchestrated military campaigns. Its outcome will have consequences for the many existing vulnerable minority communities who happen to live on certain ethnic or political fault lines in Europe' said Kerim Yildiz, Chief Executive of the Kurdish Human Rights Project.

Follow the  hearing via webcast.

KHRP Supporter Jack Newberry to go Three Rounds in Aid of KHRP
Thursday, 09 September 2010 16:50

Next February 2011, KHRP supporter Jack Newberry will bravely step into a boxing ring in Singapore to raise vital funds for the Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP). He will fight an opponent for three rounds; each round lasting two minutes.

This is the first and possibly the last time that he will enter a competition like this. Although he is accustomed to high pressure situations both professionally and physically, he assures us that there is nothing he has quite experienced like the dynamics of a boxing ring, where there is nowhere to hide.

Every penny of the money raised will be used to help to empower and give a voice to the millions of Kurds and non-Kurds in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Caucasus, whose daily lives are touched by discrimination and oppression. Commenting ahead of next year’s fundraiser, Jack said, ‘although the event will be exhilarating, I am certain there are less painful ways of raising funds. However, I want all my supporters to know that the money was truly earned and hopefully I will have a video for everyone to watch capturing each moment punch by punch!’.

If you’d like to support Jack or just learn a bit more about his daring feat, please visit Jack’s JustGiving page today.

‘Jack’s boxing event in is certainly one of the more unusual fundraising ideas put to KHRP! However, we take our hats off to him for his willingness to quite literally take it on the chin for KHRP. We hope that Jack safely goes the three round distance and wish him all the best’, said KHRP’s Managing Director, Rachel Bernu.

KHRP Interview with Voice of America
Thursday, 09 September 2010 15:26

On 25 August 2010, KHRP Legal Director, Catriona Vine was interviewed by Voice of America for their piece entitled 'Kosovo Independence Ruling Watched Around World’.

To read more about the ruling and to view a video clip of the interview, click here.

KHRP Welcomes Trekker’s Fundraising Efforts
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 12:32

Ann Schutte at the start of her journey

KHRP would like to thank former intern Ann Schutte for her fantastic Pyrenees Hike in Aid of KHRP.

Ann set off on her 800km trans-Pyrenean experience 38 days ago from Bilbao, northern Spain. After weathering 10 thunderstorms and enduring 7 blisters, she has successfully raised over £600 for KHRP.

Commenting on adventure, Ann said: ‘I walked in some incredible scenery and met many people that I would never have had the chance to encounter elsewhere. There is a tremendous amount of camaraderie in the mountains, especially when the weather is bad, so I never felt alone! A highlight for me was making the border crossing into Andorra over a very steep and high pass, despite the forecast of snow (Spain in August!). This achievement was somewhat diminished by the two chaps who did it in trainers, and the man who did it with his son on his back. All three of them Spanish, this gives some explanation of the Spanish sporting world’s domination this summer. A low point was when a cleaning lady at a campsite drenched my rucksack with her hose straight after I had narrowly avoided being caught in a storm. She laughed. I cried.’

Anybody still wishing to contribute to her impressive fundraising efforts can do so by visiting Ann’s JustGiving page today. You can also learn more about her adventure by visiting Ann's Amazing Pyrenees Trek on KHRP’s Facebook event page.

‘Ann, I am delighted to hear of your safe arrival back to English soil and congratulations on your amazing trans-Pyrenean feat’, said KHRP’s Chief Executive, Kerim Yildiz today. ‘Thank you so much. I can assure you that the funds raised will make a real difference in helping to combat the historic discrimination and widespread human rights abuses endured by more than 30 million people living in the Kurdish regions. Our heartfelt thanks go out to you and all those who have generously supported you on your inspiring adventure.’

KHRP Publishes Latest Issue of Newsline
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:00


KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Newsline.

In addition to providing a round up of our training, research and litigation activities from the past few months, Newsline 50 talks about KHRP’s short listing at the UK Charity Awards 2010 and the publication of ‘The Kurdish Conflict: International Humanitarian Law and Post-Conflict Mechanisms’ by KHRP Chief Executive Kerim Yıldız and Dr Susan Breau, Professor of International Law at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. It also provides updates on human rights developments in the Kurdish regions.

Download Newsline 50 from the KHRP website.

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