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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.

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On the 3rd of July 1995 the European Commission of Human Rights held hearings on the merits of the above applications.

These cases were declared Admissible in October 1994 and Investigation Hearings took place in Cizre and Diyarbakir and Ankara in March and April 1995. See Press Releases of 20/10/94, 22/10/95 and 4/5/95.

The articles of the Convention invoked by the applicants include violations of:

Article 3: (the prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment),

Article 5: (the right to liberty and security of the person)

Article 6: (the implied right of access to court)

Article 8: (the right to respect of privacy and family life in the home)

Article 13: ( the right to effective national remedies for Convention breaches)

Article 14: (freedom from discrimination)

Article 18: (prohibition on using authorized Convention restrictions for ulterior purposes).

Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the Convention (the right to property).

In the hearings in Strasbourg the parties presented their conclusions on the merits, the applicants maintaining their allegations but the government refuting them.

The application of CAGIRGE was adjourned pending the attempts to reach a friendly settlement in this case. This application concerns an explosion caused by a device which hit the applicant's house killing several members of his family and injuring others.

The individual applicants were helped to take their grievances to Strasbourg by the Human Rights Association of Turkey and the Kurdish Human Rights Project in London. The number of KHRP assisted applications declared Admissible by the European Commission of Human Rights has now reached 37 in total. Investigation Hearings in a number of these cases are due to take place in Ankara from the 10th to the14th of July 1995.

Altogether, the KHRP has assisted over 250 individuals to bring their complaints before the Commission. The complaints raise allegations of torture, disappearances, extra-judicial killings, the destruction and forced evacuation of villages, rape and the persecution of journalism and MPs.