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KHRP Returns from Successful Trainings and Fact-Finding Mission

The training under way in Erbil

KHRP representatives have travelled to Turkey and Iraq over the past ten days to conduct a number of successful training sessions for government officials, human rights defenders and civil society activists, and to investigate the situation of prisoners’ rights.

On 14 December a training was held in Sulemanya focusing on international human rights standards in relation to torture. Organised in conjunction with the Civil Development Organisation and conducted by prominent British criminal law barrister and KHRP board member Michael Ivers, it was attended by some 35 people from a wide range of local organisations.

KHRP Publishes Latest Issues of Legal Review and Newsline

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KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issues of its biannual legal journal and quarterly newsletter.

Legal Review 14 covers the period from July to December 2008 and features news and updates from the Kurdish regions, as well as summaries and analysis of relevant decisions of international, UK and US Courts. To mark KHRP’s 15th anniversary, this edition includes a special feature looking back on the organisation’s litigation throughout that time and the many important precedents that have been set as a result. Other articles in this edition tackle the legal status of minorities in Turkey, the human rights impact of proscription regimes, and approaches to the issue of hate speech within the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Kurdish Spokesperson and EUTCC Patron Leyla Zana Convicted to Ten Years in Prison by a Turkish Court
To read a press release entitled ‘Kurdish Spokesperson and EUTCC Patron Leyla Zana Convicted to Ten Years in Prison by a Turkish Court’, distributed by the EU Turkey Civic Commission on 6 December, click here.
Ilisu Dam Activist Arrested During Research Visit
KHRP is deeply concerned about the arrest of Ipek Tasli, a joint coordinator with the Keep Hasankeyf Alive Initiative, during a recent trip to carry out research in areas due to be affected by the Ilısu Dam project in south-eastern Turkey.

Tasli visited Dargeçit on 4 December and investigated official efforts to inform residents in the area about the construction of the dam. Staff at a government office told her that people regularly visited the community outreach office to receive information about the project and that they had been in contact with nearly all of those who would be affected. However, an informal poll of local people suggested that very few even knew where the office was. Tasli next travelled to the site of the dam itself to photograph construction work and speak with people living in the area. She was told that residents in a village there had asked for a local information office to be set up but were yet to receive a reply.

KHRP Speech at OSCE Civil Society Forum Available to Download
A speech given by KHRP Deputy Director Rachel Bernu at the OSCE Civil Society Forum that took place in Helsinki on 2 and 3 December is now available to download from the KHRP website here. The presentation, entitled ‘The Role of Women in Civil society, Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Reconstruction’, was delivered in the context of a working group on civil society and conflict resolution.
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