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Kurdish Human Rights Project: This is the legacy website of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, containing reports and news pertaining to human rights issues in the Kurdish Regions for 20 years.

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Notice of malicious email sent to all registered KHRP website users
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 05:30

Last Friday 26 March, hackers entered KHRP‘s website and sent out a malicious email to its registered users using a KHRP e-mail address  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The fake e-mail was entitled 'New Book' to announce a supposedly new preliminary study published by KHRP which was available in a new exe format for windows systems. It called for recipients to turn off their antivirus software.

UPDATE: KHRP Condemns Ongoing Arbitrary Detention of Kurdish Civilians in Syria
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:25

KHRP condemns the continued arbitrary detention of Kurdish civilians by Syrian forces since the Newroz festival in al-Raqqa, Syria.
Some of the news initially released by local media outlets was incorrect after confusion as to the exact numbers and identities of those killed, injured, or detained by the Syrian authorities.

KHRP Publishes Response to UK FCO Annual Report on Human Rights 2009
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 11:56

KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of a statement in response to the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office Annual Report on Human Rights 2010, which was released last Thursday 18 March 2009.
KHRP largely welcomes the overview provided, which reiterates a variety of the concerns that KHRP continues to address across the Kurdish regions. In particular, it was pleased to see that KHRP’s concerns about the rights of Syria’s estimated 1.7 million Kurds who suffer ongoing discrimination, lack of political representation, and repression of their identities, was given a detailed appraisal in the Report. KHRP also joins the UK FCO in applauding the Turkish government’s self-termed Democratic Opening, (though it has concerns about how open and transparent this initiative is). KHRP is however uneasy about the degree to which the continued pervasiveness of human rights violations in the Kurdish regions of Turkey and Iran are not fully reflected.

KHRP Calls for Immediate Enquiry into Killing of Civilians in Syria
Monday, 22 March 2010 09:05

KHRP condemns the indiscriminate killing of Kurdish civilians by Syrian security forces at the Newroz festival in al-Raqqa, Syria. 

Yesterday two people were shot dead, the whereabouts of a third man is unknown and more than 41 were injured after Syrian security forces opened fire on crowds celebrating the Newroz festival. Eyewitnesses have also reported that many of the wounded have been arbitrarily detained. Others who are seriously wounded are being treated in their own homes for fear of being arrested in the state hospital. 

KHRP Publish Children’s Rights Report and Manual on Human Rights Complaints
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 11:59

KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of its report on children’s rights and its new manual on how to take human rights complaints to the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.                

The fact-finding mission and research report, entitled The Situation of Kurdish Children in Turkey, seeks to provide a comprehensive account of the hardship faced by Kurdish children in Turkey. Combining desk and field-based research, this report incorporates the findings of its 2008 mission to Diyarbakır, Cizre and Istanbul with those resulting from the follow-up mission that took place last October. Investigations revealed that Kurdish children face considerable barriers and disadvantages relative to their Turkish counterparts. This was most keenly identified with regard to the treatment of Kurdish children in the juvenile justice system, with those living in the Kurdish regions receiving far less protection. This has become particularly acute given the application of new anti-terror legislation that has been used to criminalise children. The report concludes with some recommendations for the EU and concerned national governments and organisations aimed at ensuring Turkey complies with its international obligations concerning children’s rights.

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