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KHRP Accepting Applications for Fellowship Position
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:45

The Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP) is pleased to announce that it will be interviewing applicants to its International Fellowship Programme in mid-March 2010, with the successful candidate to start work in our London office in the second half of April or the beginning of May 2010.

The fellowship programme offers an excellent opportunity to selected advocates from the Kurdish regions or candidates of Kurdish origin who have a demonstrated commitment to working on human rights issues within the regions, to gain experience of involvement with international legal processes. The successful applicant will collaborate with KHRP’s Legal Team on cases before the European Court of Human Rights and on complaints to UN and other international human rights mechanisms. He or she will also contribute to KHRP’s biannual Legal Review.

A letter from Mr. Muharrem Erbey from the Diyarbakir High Security Prison
Friday, 19 February 2010 12:26

KHRP is gravely concerned at the continued detention of Mr. Muharrem Erbey, Vice President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (İHD), and President of the İHD’s office in Diyarbakir, following his arrest on 24 December 2009.

A letter from Mr. Muharrem Erbey from the Diyarbakir High Security Prison can be read here.

KHRP continues to call on the Turkish authorities to investigate and monitor the prosecution of Mr. Muharrem Erbey and of all human rights defenders according to domestic and international law and for this case to be dealt with expeditiously.

KHRP Supports Joint NGO Appeal for Reform of the European Court of Human Rights
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:24

KHRP has joined a list of signatories to a joint NGO appeal on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, as the system for the protection of human rights in Europe comes under scrutiny.


At a Conference in February 2010, States in Europe will take decisions which could bring welcome reform to relieve the Court’s backlog of cases. Conversely, the decisions taken could undermine a body that has provided redress for the victims of human rights violations in Europe for 50 years. People in Europe (future applicants to the Court) have an interest at least equal to that of the states in ensuring the long-term effectiveness of the Court. States should therefore inform the public about the debates and consult civil society in the lead-up to the Conference and throughout the reform process which follows it.
KHRP Raises Ongoing Human Rights Concerns in Iraq Prior to its Assessment by the UPR
Monday, 15 February 2010 12:04

As the 7th Session of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) continues, tomorrow the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will turn its attention to the human rights situation in Iraq.

Recent KHRP fact-finding missions have identified that despite the relatively comprehensive set of legal provisions and a number of offices, committees and ministries concerned with human rights, ongoing human rights problems persist with regards to judicial processes, women’s rights, minority rights, freedom of expression and internal displacement in Kurdistan, Iraq. In advance of this review, KHRP would like to bring to light that not only is the administrative infrastructure to implement and oversee human rights standards grossly inadequate, but awareness of human rights and avenues to prevent violations and to seek to redress is also severely lacking amongst the civilian population and the State authorities.

KHRP Draws Attention to Widespread Human Rights Abuses Ahead of UPR Review of Iran
Friday, 12 February 2010 06:03

On Monday 15 February, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to review the human rights situation in Iran during the 7th Session of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The UPR process assesses each of the 192 UN member states once every four years under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, based on reports submitted by the state in question, relevant UN bodies, and other stakeholders, including NGOs and civil society representatives.

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