Skip to content

KHRP | Kurdish Human Rights Project

narrow screen resolution wide screen resolution Increase font size Decrease font size Default font size default color brown color green color red color blue color

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.

You are here: 
Skip to content

Charity Awards

Charity Awards

Gruber Prize


Gruber Justice Prize

2010 News
KHRP Marks the Anniversary of the Halabja Attacks
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:56

On 16 March 1988, the predominantly Kurdish city of Halabja in northern Iraq was subjected to the largest scale chemical attack on a civilian target in history. In the ensuing bombardment some 5,000 civilians were killed, with estimates of around 10,000 more suffering serious injury or long-term illness. Though a shocking atrocity, the assault represented just one event in the Ba’athist regime’s wider al-Anfal campaign in which 180,000 civilians were ‘disappeared’, many more displaced, and 4,000 Kurdish-majority population centres were destroyed.

KHRP Protest against the Ilisu Dam outside AKBANK’s London Headquarters
Monday, 15 March 2010 13:02

Protestors Outside AKBANK's London Headquarters


Earlier this afternoon, protesters gathered outside of AKBANK’s London Headquarters for KHRP’s action against the proposed Ilısu hydro-electric Dam project in south-east Turkey. The protest was one of a series of demonstrations that took place in front of the European branches of Turkish banks AKBANK and Garantibank in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Essen and Hannover. Following yesterday’s International Day of Action for Rivers, the protests sought to highlight the banks recent decisions to pledge financial support for the dam’s construction along the Tigris River, although the project continues to severely flout international law.

Green Party MEP and KHRP’s Advisor on Environmental Rights, Jean Lambert, Bengi Yıldız a local MP for Batman, Turkey, and KHRP Board Secretary Rajesh Rai, were among several speakers to draw attention to the potentially devastating impact of the dam if current plans continue unrevised. During the demonstration however, AKBANK refused to accept a letter of protest undersigned by KHRP, The Corner House, Bengi Yıldız, and Jean Lambert, MEP, urging the bank to consider the consequences of the proposed dam and calling for them to withdraw their support.

Join KHRP Protest against the Ilisu Dam at 1pm on Monday 15 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010 04:53

Sunday 14 March 2010 marks the International Day of Action for Rivers. The next day, KHRP has organised a demonstration in London, as part of international-led action for the Tigris River to protest against the adverse environmental, social, security and human rights impacts of the ill-conceived construction plans for the Ilısu dam project in south-east Turkey. The demonstration on Monday seeks to draw attention to the recent decisions of Turkish Banks AKBANK and Garantibank, to give financial support to the controversial project which continues to negate international safeguards related to its construction.

In 2002, British funding for the Ilısu dam collapsed when its commercial partners pulled out following relentless public awareness-raising by KHRP and its partners, believing the practical, legal and environmental obstacles needed in order to meet international standards to be too great. In July last year, KHRP was delighted when European financing for this project again folded, following the withdrawal of German, Swiss and Austrian export credit. Nevertheless, the Turkish government has failed to address widespread concerns about the project’s failure to comply with international law and has continued to reiterate that the dam is one of its top development priorities.

KHRP Calls for Greater Efforts to Secure Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women in Kurdish Regions
Monday, 08 March 2010 09:59

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all’. Today, as the lives and achievements of all women are celebrated globally, KHRP wishes to reiterate its calls for greater efforts to secure the equal rights and opportunities of women in the Kurdish regions to education, employment and political representation.

Through its case work, trial observations, fact-finding missions and research and public awareness activities, KHRP seeks to shine a light on the successes and obstacles of women and girls in the Kurdish regions.  There, as globally, there is a widespread lack of awareness of women’s rights under international law and women and girls face daily inequality within their public and private lives.

KHRP Highlights Ongoing Abuses against Kurdish Women in Turkey to UN CSW
Monday, 01 March 2010 06:25

From 1-12 March 2010, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will undertake a 15-year assessment of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as review the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.

KHRP submitted a communication to the CSW detailing its concerns regarding the current status of Kurdish women in Turkey, who suffer double-discrimination on the account of their identities as women, but also as Kurds. Women across the Kurdish region experience a variety of gender-based abuses.  Some women are subject to physical and psychological violence in the home, and with a severe shortage of women’s shelters and other provisions and protections for victims of abuse, they have little hope of leaving their situations. Furthermore many women lack adequate access to education, employment and health services.  KHRP also found that women are often denied access to, or fair treatment within, the justice system.

<< Start < Prev 11 12 13 14 Next > End >>

Page 11 of 14