It is KHRP’s firm belief that if more people were aware of the extent of human rights abuses in the Kurdish regions, sufficient pressure could be brought to bear on those responsible to put an end to them. KHRP’s independence and reputation for high quality analysis make us the first port of call for policy and decision makers, journalists, academics and civil society organisations seeking updates about human rights and conflict in the Kurdish regions.
In 2010 we:
- Attracted worldwide press, broadcast and online media coverage, including on BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, Financial Times, Voice of America, Global Post, Today’s Zaman, Vakit, the Soma Digest, Humania TV, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the Pittsburgh School of Law’s ‘The Jurist’, the Netherlands Press Association, and France 24
- Gave presentations on KHRP’s trial observation model to Turkish accession, the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, and regional security vis-à-vis the Ilisu Dam project, at high profile institutions including the European Parliament in Brussels, the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Colombia University, the Centre for Applied Human Rights, York University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies’ (SOAS) Kurdish Studies and Students’ Organisation
- Briefed a cross-section of state, non-state and multilateral actors during meetings with representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Iraqi, Turkish, US, UK, Irish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Belgian and Norwegian authorities, as well as members of USAID, UNAMI the UN, European Parliament, and the European Commission. Alongside, we also met with organisations including the Christian Peacemakers Teams, Protection International, War and Peace Reporting, and York University, as well a number of private sector organisations, such as British Petroleum (BP) concerning the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project
- Continued to develop KHRP's website which has over 1,200 registered members and received over 50,000 unique visitors
- Compiled and released regular public statements covering among other topics, progress in our strategic litigation work, post-election repression in Iran, Turkey and Armenia’s OSCE commitments, the treatment of women in detention in Syria, and condemnation of the continued restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, as reflected in the December closure of the pro-Kurdish Demokratik Toplum Partisi (Democratic Society Party, DTP)