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KHRP Publishes Anniversary Issue of its Newsline Newsletter

As KHRP turns fifteen this month, we are pleased to announce the publication of a special anniversary issue of our quarterly Newsline newsletter, which not only reports on the work carried out by KHRP over the last three months, but reflects on a decade and a half of tireless work for human rights in the Kurdish regions and beyond. 


Newsline 40’s cover story reports on our November fact-finding mission to the regions of Kurdistan, Iraq affected by Turkish and Iranian bombardment. A full page spread inside the magazine displays photographs taken by the mission. Given the commencement of air strikes last weekend, it is all the more important to report directly from the region to demonstrate the devastating effect ongoing bombardment is having on civilian populations.

This special issue also provides details of upcoming celebrations of our anniversary, most importantly the launch in early 2008 of a special 15th anniversary photographic book on the Kurdish regions. The book includes the work of ten internationally renowned contemporary pho­tographers who have worked in the Kurdish regions of Tur­key, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Arme­nia, and whose careers span the last thirty years. Proceeds from the sale of the book will contribute to the ongoing work of KHRP.  Pre-order your copy today by sending an email to Anna Irvin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

As KHRP enters its sixteenth year of operations our work is more relevant than ever and we will continue tirelessly to promote justice, equality and the rule of law in the Kurdish re­gions. KHRP’s decade and a half of success would not have been possible without the dedicated backing of our many supporters, funders, interns and volunteers. As we enter 2008 KHRP would like to extend to them all our heartfelt thanks. We wish you all a prosperous New Year.

Free copies of Newsline may be accessed and downloaded from our download library.

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KHRP Condemns Air strikes on Villages in Kurdistan, Iraq

Sersenk, Northern Iraq - Note villages & surrounding lands scorched by Turkish artillery

KHRP condemns the air raids carried out yesterday by the Turkish air force in the Qandil mountains of Kurdistan, Iraq.

Although purportedly aimed at terrorist bases, the attacks —reportedly carried out by up to 50 Turkish fighter aircraft overnight— caused widespread destruction of civilian homes and property and have resulted in at least one civilian death.   

As observed by a KHRP fact-finding mission to the border regions last month, the area has suffered months of Turkish and Iranian artillery bombardment, causing the destruction of homes and farmland, and causing enormous distress to civilians, particularly children. Yesterday’s air raids mark a step up in the intensity of Turkish bombardment of the regions, and have resulted in the first confirmed civilian death.  In addition, simultaneous strikes by the Iranian military in neighbouring areas of the mountainous region were also reported.

KHRP Publishes Latest Issue of its Legal Review

 KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of issue 12 of its biannual Legal Review, the only existing legal journal covering significant legislative and policy developments in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Caucuses. Image 

This edition covers the period from May to December 2007. The Review features news and updates from the Kurdish regions, and summaries and analysis of the most significant decisions of the ECtHR, ECJ, ICJ, UN and UK Courts. Uniquely, the journal covers new cases that have not yet reached any judicial decision, but nonetheless provide invaluable updates of the most recent allegations of human rights violations to be submitted to international courts and mechanisms. Articles in this issue address the murder of Hrant Dink, the Kurdish conflict in international law, media freedom in Turkey, human rights indicators and Islamic headscarves in European case law.


The journal is essential reading for anyone interested in monitoring legal developments in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Caucuses.

Free copies of these reports may be accessed at our download library. Printed copies are available for £10.00 + P&P through our online shop.

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The Fourth International Conference on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds Concludes today

The Fourth International Conference on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds has reached a successful conclusion today. KHRP Executive Director and EUTCC Board Member Kerim Yildiz today praised the quality and depth of discussion stating that "the range of views offered and the willingness of people to listen demonstrates the clear desire for the development of democratic platforms within Turkey promoting genuine dialogue on the Kurdish issue and its impact on EU accession ". 

The day's sessions addressed questions of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Turkey, developments in the accession process, and the possible means of resolving the ongoing conflict in south-east Turkey. Speakers included Professor Baskin Oran of Ankara University and Mark Muller QC, KHRP and BHRC Board Chair. 

Over the duration of the conference, speakers offered a range of views as to the steps needed to move the Turkey-EU accession process forward and to bring an end to conflict in the region. There were several points of contention amongst both audience members and speakers. While it was generally agreed that the accession process is a vital element of the Turkish democratisation process, opinions differed as to who should be party to future moves towards a resolution of the Kurdish issue.  

The conference closed today with the EUTCC board leading discussion of resolutions put forward by conference participants and attendees, which will be published and disseminated tomorrow by the EUTCC. 

The Fourth International Conference on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds opens in Brussels

The Fourth International Conference on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds has begun today in Brussels. Opening remarks were made by the EUTCC Board Director Ms. Kariane Westrheim and the Executive Director of KHRP Mr. Kerim Yildiz. The opening speeches were made by the 1994 Rafto Prize winner Ms. Leyla Zana, Ms. Bianca Jagger, EUTCC Patron and Mr. Francis Wurtz, MEP. 

Today’s session will discuss democratisation, the EU reform process and the question of political participation for the Kurds. The conference will continue tomorrow with a series of discussions including human rights, the EU accession process, the ongoing conflict in south-east Turkey, the need for conflict resolution and a democratic future for Turkey and the Kurds.

The EU- Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) was established in November 2004 as the outcome of the first international conference on ‘The EU, Turkey and the Kurds’ held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 22-23 November 2004. The EUTCC aims to both promote and provide suggestions for Turkey’s bid for EU accession, and to help guarantee respect for human and minority rights and a peaceful, democratic and long-term solution to the Kurdish situation.

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