|Training & Fellowships|
Key to our commitment to protecting human rights in the Kurdish regions is the development of an independent capacity for human rights enforcement in the region. To this end we have developed a coherent programme of regional training seminars with the aid of local partners, which work to promote the rule of law and democracy by transferring skills and building capacity among human rights defenders and advocates in the regions.
During 2010, we conducted a total of nine regional training sessions transferring knowledge of human rights and international legal principles to over 200 human rights defenders in the Kurdish regions in Turkey, Iraq, and Armenia. A further two workshops were held in London for members of the Diaspora, and for law students at York University.
In addition, we distributed our manuals on Taking Human Rights Complaints to UN Mechanisms and Taking Cases to the European Court of Human Rights, which are available in a number of languages relevant to the Kurdish Diaspora.
We have also continued to run our International Fellowship Programme in order to help facilitate an important exchange of legal and professional skills and expertise, and to promote cultural understanding between advocates within the regions and internationally. This brings selected advocates from the Kurdish regions or candidates of Kurdish origin who have a demonstrated commitment to working on human rights issues within the regions, to London to work alongside our experienced Legal Team. In 2009, KHRP hosted Fellow Jiyan Rojin, a female Kurdish law student from Berlin, Germany.