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Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

 

Human Rights Activist, Khurram Parvez, was detained on September 16, 2016 on his way to the 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Khurram’s arrests comes amidst widespread protests that started in July, in which 82 civilians have been killed and 11,000 wounded. Khurram Parvez, who was en route to brief the UN on human rights violations in Kashmir, is currently being detained under the Public Safety Act. We discuss the campaign to Free Khurram with Ather Zia, Kashmiri scholar and human rights advocate.  And we hear a 2011 interview with Khurram Parvez. This interview first aired on KPFA’s APEX Express.

 

 

Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

A conversation with Essar Batool, co author of the book, Do you remember Kunanposhpora? Essar Batool works to develop leadership among young women and volunteers with Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, documenting human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been over 60,000 cases of documented cases of torture in Indian administered Kashmir. Kuman and Poshpora are twin villages in Indian administered Kashmir. In 1991, 31 women were gang raped by the 4th Rajpuntana Rifles regiment of the Indian Army. No conviction have been made, despite survivors launching a new case in 2013. Do you remember Kunanposhpora? documents the stories, the horrors and the dignity of these women as they search for justice. This interview first aired on APEX Express, KPFA.

Protests in Kashmir

On July’s Kashmir Speaks Khurram Parvez, human rights advocate, discusses some of the protests in Kashmir that took place in June. In addition he speaks about the former Indian Army official Avtar Singh murdering his wife and children and then committing suicide in California. Then Mohamad Junaid, Kashmiri anthropologist, discusses how living in such a densely militarized zone affects the psyches of people living in Kashmir.

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