Kurdish Human Rights Project

Kurdish Human Rights Project

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Kurdish Human Rights Project

The Kurdish Human Rights Project is the only human rights NGO working consistently and completely free of political affiliation in the Kurdish regions. We are dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of all persons in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, the Caucuses and elsewhere.

Since KHRP's foundation in 1992, we have had many successes in bringing ongoing abuses to international attention at the highest level, ensuring that such abuses continue to be condemned and deemed unacceptable by the international community.

Coupling an astute understanding of political and cultural sensitivities with extensive expertise in international law, we have played a vital role in improving a once desperate human rights situation characterised by violence, institutional discrimination, displacement and extra-judicial killings.

Our main areas of work are:
• Litigation and Advocacy - Making use of all available legal instruments to investigate allegations of human rights abuse and to bring perpetrators to account.
• Fact-Finding and Trial Observation Missions - Undertaking independent research and observing domestic trials to help monitor patterns of abuse and lend international support to those facing persecution ‘on the ground’.
• Public Awareness – To raise awareness of the situation in the Kurdish regions internationally. We firmly believe that if people knew the extent of the human rights abuses, they could be stopped.
• Training and Fellowships - Working to transfer skills to, and create an independent capacity for human rights work among, local human rights defenders.
• Publications - Providing a definitive source of information on human rights issues affecting those living in the Kurdish regions.

Despite KHRP's many successes over the past 16 years, human rights abuse, instability and poverty still prevail in many guises in the Kurdish regions, whilst worsening regional conflict remains a particularly concerning risk. Against this backdrop, our work is as vital as ever in building a future based on justice, equality and the rule of law.

Founded 1992