KHRP is a registered charity that was established in 1992 in response to the genocide, war crimes and human rights violations occurring across the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, the Caucasus and elsewhere.

Spearheaded by Kerim Yildiz, a Kurdish refugee and human rights postgraduate, and the late Michael Feeney, Cardinal Hume’s advisor on refugees and Director of the Westminster Diocese Refugee Service, a network of leading lawyers willing to undertake pro bono cases to the European Court of Human Rights was established. Mark Muller, a British human rights barrister, encouraged dozens more leading figures in the human rights community to join. They began submitting urgent action appeals and submissions to the then European Commission on Human Rights, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and several UN mechanisms.