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KHRP Publishes Fact-Finding Mission Report on Human Rights in the Kurdish Regions of Turkey

KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of its latest fact-finding mission report, Human Rights in the Kurdish Region of Turkey: Three Pressing Concerns.

This report is based on the findings of a mission dispatched to Turkey by KHRP in May 2009 following reports of widespread detentions and investigations of pro-Kurdish politicians and activists in the aftermath of the March 2009 local elections. The mission travelled to the provinces of Şırnak, Siirt, Mardin, Batman and Diyarbakır, collecting information regarding impunity of state officials, women’s access to justice and the climate for human rights defenders.

Concerns highlighted include the persistence of a culture of impunity among state officials responsible for human rights violations, widespread practice of violence against women, lack of mechanisms for protection and redress for victims of violence, and systematic harassment of human rights defenders. Underlying those issues is the lack of implementation of the many legal instruments for the protection of human rights.  

The fact-finding mission report places these findings in the context of Turkey’s international human rights obligations and offers concrete recommendations to the Turkish government, the EU, and civil society to address those concerns.