Kashmir activists win Rafto Prize for human rights

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OSLO: Two Indian activists from the closely militarized area of Kashmir on Thursday received Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights for his or her long-term wrestle in opposition to violence within the disputed territory, the jury introduced.
Parveena Ahanger, nicknamed “The Iron Woman of Kashmir,” based and leads the Affiliation of Mother and father of Lacking Individuals after her 17-year-old son was kidnapped by safety forces in 1990. She has not heard something from or of him since.
Her co-laureate, lawyer Imroz Parvez, based the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and non-violence. It has documented the authorities’ use of torture within the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Parveena Ahangar and Imroz Parvez have lengthy been on the forefront of the wrestle in opposition to arbitrary abuses of energy in a area of India that has borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarization and worldwide pressure,” the Rafto Basis stated in an announcement.
“Their lengthy marketing campaign to show human rights violations, promote dialogue and search peaceable options to the intractable battle in Kashmir has impressed new generations throughout communities,” it added.
The prize of $20,000 (€17,750) will formally be offered on Nov. 5 within the western Norwegian city of Bergen.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan because the finish of British colonial rule in 1947 however each declare the water-rich territory in full.
From 1947-1949 the 2 nations fought over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state which ended up being divided alongside a de facto border nonetheless disputed right now. A second warfare over Kashmir in 1965 resulted in stalemate.
In late 1989 Muslim separatist teams launched an anti-India rebellion in Kashmir that was later taken over by militant guerrillas.
Since then the rebel has killed tens of 1000’s of individuals, principally civilians.
Between eight,000 and 10,000 individuals have gone lacking because the starting of the escalation within the 1980s, in keeping with the Rafto Basis.
Named after the late Norwegian human rights activist Thorolf Rafto, 4 previous winners of the prize (Aung San Suu Kyi, Jose Ramos-Horta, Kim Dae-Jung and Shirin Ebadi) went on to win to Nobel Peace Prize, whose laureate for 2017 shall be introduced on Oct. 6.

OSLO: Two Indian activists from the closely militarized area of Kashmir on Thursday received Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights for his or her long-term wrestle in opposition to violence within the disputed territory, the jury introduced.
Parveena Ahanger, nicknamed “The Iron Woman of Kashmir,” based and leads the Affiliation of Mother and father of Lacking Individuals after her 17-year-old son was kidnapped by safety forces in 1990. She has not heard something from or of him since.
Her co-laureate, lawyer Imroz Parvez, based the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and non-violence. It has documented the authorities’ use of torture within the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Parveena Ahangar and Imroz Parvez have lengthy been on the forefront of the wrestle in opposition to arbitrary abuses of energy in a area of India that has borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarization and worldwide pressure,” the Rafto Basis stated in an announcement.
“Their lengthy marketing campaign to show human rights violations, promote dialogue and search peaceable options to the intractable battle in Kashmir has impressed new generations throughout communities,” it added.
The prize of $20,000 (€17,750) will formally be offered on Nov. 5 within the western Norwegian city of Bergen.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan because the finish of British colonial rule in 1947 however each declare the water-rich territory in full.
From 1947-1949 the 2 nations fought over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state which ended up being divided alongside a de facto border nonetheless disputed right now. A second warfare over Kashmir in 1965 resulted in stalemate.
In late 1989 Muslim separatist teams launched an anti-India rebellion in Kashmir that was later taken over by militant guerrillas.
Since then the rebel has killed tens of 1000’s of individuals, principally civilians.
Between eight,000 and 10,000 individuals have gone lacking because the starting of the escalation within the 1980s, in keeping with the Rafto Basis.
Named after the late Norwegian human rights activist Thorolf Rafto, 4 previous winners of the prize (Aung San Suu Kyi, Jose Ramos-Horta, Kim Dae-Jung and Shirin Ebadi) went on to win to Nobel Peace Prize, whose laureate for 2017 shall be introduced on Oct. 6.

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