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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.

The manual, entitled Taking Human Rights Complaints to the OSCE, European Parliament and Council of Europe, constitutes the third in a series of KHRP manuals concerned with the use of international mechanisms as a launch pad for human rights complaints. By providing information on a previously unchartered subject, this manual represents a very useful and exciting extension of KHRP’s assistance to human rights victims and their defenders, interested individuals, legal and academic persons alike. As well as a comprehensive guide to the relevant legislation and organisational structures and procedures, the manual provides instruction in making and submitting complaints, as well as noting some relevant examples.

Both publications may be downloaded for free from the KHRP website or purchased in print from the KHRP shop for £10 each. A download of the children's rights report may be found here, whilst the manual may be downloaded here.


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