Khurram Pravez

Who is Khurram Parvez?

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Khurram Parvez, 39, is an internationally renowned Kashmiri human rights defender being held under illegal and arbitrary preventive detention by the Indian state, specifically the Jammu and Kashmir police, since 16 September 2016. Parvez lives in Srinagar, with his six year old son Ahmed, and his wife Sameena Mir, 34. He is presently imprisoned in Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, about 300 kilometres from his home. Born and raised in Srinagar, the summer capital of the disputed Indian Administered province of Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez was thirteen years old when his grandfather was killed, in Indian armed forces firing on an unarmed protest demonstration in Gawkadal, Srinagar in January 1990. In 1996, as a student of Kashmir University, Parvez started a helpline which provided peer counseling and guidance to students affected by the conflict. Parvez was active in student politics, and by 1999 had begun actively volunteering with a Srinagar based group working on issues of enforced disappearances, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP, estb. 1994). He completed his Masters in Journalism, from Kashmir University, in 2004.

In 2000, Parvez was a part of the founding membership of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) a non-funded and voluntary amalgam of individuals and groups, formed with the aim of creating a space for independent rights based dialogue and documentation. Parvez is presently Programme Coordinator and Spokesperson of JKCCS. He is also Chairperson of Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) – a federation of 13 non-governmental organizations from 10 Asian countries campaigning on the issue of enforced disappearances, of which the Srinagar based APDP is a founding member. Parvez was severely injured in April 2004, when a vehicle he was travelling in as part of a civil society team monitoring Indian parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir, was hit in an IED explosion leading to the death of two of his colleagues, and the eventual amputation of his right leg. He thereafter became actively engaged with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). Parvez received the prestigious 2006 Reebok International Human Rights Award, in recognition of his exemplary human rights work. He was also a recipient of a prestigious Chevening Fellowship at University of Glasgow, UK from December 2005 to April 2006, and the International Visitors’ Leadership Program, a United States Government’s programme for mid career professionals in 2009.

 

9 November 2016, marks the 55 th day of Khurram Parvez’s unlawful detention. Presently imprisoned at Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, under the Public Safety Act, 1978 Khurram Parvez has been declared a threat to “public safety” and “public order” on the basis of spurious and unsubstantiated police allegations. This document introduces him as a person, his work and why the State has detained him.

This document introduces him as a person, his work and why
the State has detained him.

 

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