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JKCHR organised its 5th ‘Relief Distribution’ at JKCHR Community Centre Naranthal Baramulla on Thursday 24 November 2005. 200 families comprising of 1153 persons were identified from four surrounding villages of Naranthal, Khadniyar, Drangbal and Hajibal by a fourteen member Executive Committee of the Centre Chaired by Syed Yaseen Shah Gilani retired deputy secretary of the government of Kashmir. Deserving families from the local minority community were identified for the relief. Rice, oil and cash was distributed among the recipients. Relief distribution was assisted by JKCHR Srinagar Chapter officers Javid Gilani, Mir Imran, volunteers Pervez Majid Matta, Hardeep Singh, Riyaz Malik, Suheel Shaheen, and notables from Kupwara and Baramulla.
JKCHR COMMUNITY CENTRE
Kashmir Debate in the House of Commons 2017
JKCHR liaised with the office of David Nuttall MP, chair of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir, in the House of Commons and secured a debate on the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir on 19 January 2017. Chairman of APPG on Kashmir, acknowledged JKCHR input in his opening statement made in the House of Commons.
Kashmiri Delegation OHCHR Geneva 2016 /2017– UN Report on Kashmir
JKCHR has played a principal role through its 2 meetings with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2016 and 2017, in the preparation of UN report on Kashmir. The 2 delegations urged the High Commissioner to use the mechanism of remote monitoring in assessing the Human Rights situation in Kashmir. It assisted the High Commissioner to overcome the Indian refusal of not allowing the UN team into Kashmir.
A 5 member JKCHR delegation comprising of Dr Syed Nazir Gilani – President JKCHR, Javed Muhammad Athar – Director General – Pakistan House, Islamabad, Mohammad Yasin Chaudhry – Leader of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Azad Kashmir, Lord Qurban Hussain – Member of House of Lords in the British Parliament & Vice Chair of All Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir in the British Parliament and Amjad Hussain – Civil Society Activist at OHCHR in Geneva met the High Commissioner on 26 September 2016. The suggestion of adopting the principle of remote monitoring was followed up, when OHCHR received a second 4 member JKCHR delegation on 16 June 2017.
Earlier in January 1990 JKCHR delegation during its meeting with the US Officials in the US Embassy in Islamabad, succeeded to elicit their promise that a “First Person Account” of atrocities committed by Indian Security Forces in the Indian occupied Kashmir would form part of US Annual Report on Human Rights.
UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries 2016
On 21st July 2016 JKCHR submitted a paper to the UN Working Group on the use of Mercenaries by the Government of India, as a means of violating Human Rights and impeding the exercise of the rights of peoples to self-determination for consideration. The paper asked the Working Group, to examine the manner in which regular armies have conducted themselves as private military and engaged themselves in mercenary-related activities.
The paper informed the UN Working Group that in February 2016 Inspector General of Police on the Indian side of Kashmir had taken a decision to enhance the reward money for killing militants (in fact unarmed Kashmiri youth). The reward money is paid by the police for killing militants fighting Indian rule. The amount of money is fixed according to the category of a militant, which is decided by his activity. “The highest paid category is A++, followed by A+, A, B and C categories. It is an open invitation to any private group or individual to earn through the killing of a ‘militant’ (in fact a militant is a State Subject, who is identified for opposing the Indian rule).
September 2014 Floods in Indian Occupied Kashmir
JKCHR provided medical and humanitarian relief to affectees of September 2014 floods in Kashmir. These floods were the worst ever experienced by the people in living memory. It caused immense devastation to homes, hospitals, schools, government buildings, roads, bridges, and businesses. Thousands of villages and urban neighborhoods were ravaged, causing immense loss of human and animal life and agriculture.
Rescue and Humanitarian Relief Aid 2014
JKCHR rescued people. People who needed immediate medical attention were transported to local hospitals in Srinagar. JKCHR Kashmir Chapter Srinagar, was operational round the clock and distributed food, water, match boxes and candles from 14th of September 2014. From October it extended its relief to provide Rice, Flour, Pulses, Tea, Sugar, Spices Cooking Oil, Salt, Bathing Soap, Detergents, Medicine, Bedding, Blankets, Jackets, Sweaters, Shoes and Clothes for men women and children.
Total Families Covered were – 3591
Areas covered in Srinagar – Lalchowk, Bemina, Shaheed Gunj, Batamaloo, Nawakadal, Karan
Nagar, Sakidaffar, Chinar Colony (Zainkoot) and other areas in the vicinity.
Areas covered in Kulgam – Arigutun, Chamgund and Kailmgund.
Villages – Kawoosa and Nawpora. Zamzampora, Fatehgarh and Uri.
Sex Scandal 2006 – Rights of the Victims 2006
In April 2006 a Sex Scandal, alleging exploitation of young vulnerable girls by government ministers, senior bureaucrats, law officers, high ranking officers in the police and army, surfaced in Srinagar. High Court took a suo moto action and a preliminary list of 192 accused were revealed.
JKCHR, through the Chairman of its Legal Cell in Indian Occupied Kashmir subscribed its interest in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) retained in OWP No.299/2006 by filing a Civil Miscellaneous Petition number 735 on 7th June 2006, to assist the victims of alleged rape scandal.
Earthquake – 8 October 2005
A severe earthquake hit the territories of Jammu and Kashmir on 8th October 2005. The death toll in the Azad Kashmir exceeded 79,000 and the death toll in the Indian Administered Kashmir remained around 1,400. The destruction changed the habitat and the history of the area.
JKCHR volunteers drove truckloads of humanitarian relief to the affected areas. It included tents, rice, cooking oil, tea, sugar, baby milk, kerosene oil, candles, dry fruits, blankets, mattresses, quilts, medicine, soap, first aid and other items as identified by the local social workers. Cash assistance was also given to some families.
JKCHR was advised by senior members of local Judiciary in regard to the areas which had not been accessed by other voluntary groups, international agencies or the government. Some members of the Judiciary joined in JKCHR relief distribution work at and around Muzaffarabad.
JKCHR set up a conference call telephone facility via London for victims of the divided families living on both sides of LOC. It was the first facility of its kind. Surviving members of divided families were able to communicate their welfare to each other across the line of control.
It was a historic debate in which 19 Members of Parliament spoke and many others made interventions. Minister for Asia and the Pacific in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office attended the debate and responded to questions.
The debate resolved “That this House notes the escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kashmir; calls on the Government to raise the matter at the United Nations; and further calls on the Government to encourage Pakistan and India to commence peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions”.
JKCHR assisted APPG on Kashmir, in preparing a questionnaire consisting of 10 Questions, for their 14 December 2016 meeting with the Minister for Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs, Alok Sharma MP. The questionnaire highlighted UK Government’s duty towards securing respect for the full regime of human rights of the people of Indian held Jammu and Kashmir. The questionnaire also alerted APPG on Kashmir, that India had an embedded interest to heat up the cease fire line and divert the attention of the international community from unprecedented abuse of human rights in the valley.
JKCHR updated the APPG on Kashmir that after the curfew of 24 September 1931, which ended after 12 days on 5 October 1931, Indian Security Forces had placed the people of the Valley under curfew from 08 July 2016 for over 4 months. Indian army and the State machinery were using pellet guns to disable, blind and kill the Kashmiri youth. JKCHR further highlighted that, the Kashmiri youth had been profiled and remained a target population. Indian security forces had violated the restrictions placed on the use of firearms under Article 3 of UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir (APPG) 2017
JKCHR makes regular input to the work of APPG on Kashmir, in the House of Commons. On 14 December 2017, at the APPG on Kashmir hearing session, JKCHR lodged a written Testimony on the Human Rights situation in Kashmir.
Give Peace a Chance – India – November 25-26, 2000
JKCHR attended the International Symposium from November 25-26, 2000 – “Next Steps In Jammu & Kashmir : Give Peace A Chance”, organized jointly by two think tanks of India and Pakistan, namely, The International Centre For Peace Initiatives – New Delhi and Institute of Regional Studies – Pakistan at The Bristol Hotel in Gurgaon – India.
JKCHR Secretary General – Syed Nazir Gilani made a presentation during the Second Plenary in the afternoon on 25 November 2000. This session was chaired by Justice Rajinder Sachar – former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court.
JKCHR raised an objection on Principle 10, in the joint road map drawn up by the two institutions of India and Pakistan. JKCHR presentation pointed out that the joint ‘road map’ excluded the Kashmiri leadership from any role in the substantive discussions. Syed Nazir Gilani argued against this inequity and demanded a “full and unrestrained” participation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
JKCHR Liaison Work
Liaison with National and International Institutions
JKCHR continued a bilateral and useful interaction with national and international institutions working in the field of Human Rights and advancing the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
JKCHR has been liaising with National Human Rights Commission of India, Human Rights Commission of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Human Rights Commission, US Institute of Peace, Centre for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International, Inter-Parliamentary Union and other institutions.
National Human Rights Commission of India has been alerted in regard to the Human Rights situation in Kashmir and the role of Indian army. The Law Division of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) initiated action on a complaint filed by JKCHR and issued notice to Secretary Ministry of Defence – Government of India, asking him to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of Hurriyat Leader – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in Kashmir. JKCHR has raised the question of arrests of Shabir Ahmad Shah, Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen, Yasin Malik and many others by the National Investigation Agency of India and the treatment meted out to their families during questioning in Delhi.
The issue of arrests of these State Subjects by Indian authorities has been raised in JKCHRs written UN Statements circulated at the Sessions of UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva.
(1) JKCHR has been helping the State Subjects (residents of the State of Jammu and Kashmir) in 14 countries (UK, Greece, Hong Kong, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Malaysia, Indian Occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir) in their pending applications for asylum or other Human Rights related issues. The NGO has been either subscribing its substantive interest in a case or making an independent input at the request of either the applicant or the country concerned. It has helped the genuine applicants for asylum to be speedily processed. This help has been made available without any discrimination.
(2) JKCHR secured the release of a Kashmiri prisoner from H.M Hasler Prison in UK. He had fled persecution from Indian Occupied Kashmir. The prisoner had contacted JKCHR from Pentonville Prison in UK for help.
Report – British Government v Kashmir – Dec 1997
This report highlights the Question – “Did or Did Not The British Government incur the Reproach of Becoming the Instrument of the Oppression of the People of Kashmir”? The report examines the principle that the ‘crimes against humanity are not subject to a statute of limitation and that they fall under universal jurisdiction’.
27 August 1996
Tendered a legal representation to the UN Security Council, on the deletion of Kashmir from UN SC agenda. It urged upon the President of UN SC that the decision under rule 11 of the provisional rules of procedure of the SC, had caused a serious prejudice to one of the basic principles – Article 1 (2) of UN Charter.
ICRC Delegate – Farida Dar
ICRC delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission, assisted JKCHR in presenting The Case Of Kashmiri Prisoners to ICRC. The case of Mrs. Farida Dar in Tihar jail was highlighted.
Report – June 1996
Published a report on Elections titled ‘Telltale Blue Ink & Elections in Kashmir, 1877-1996.
18 March – 26 April 1996
Submitted a paper under ECOSOC Resolution 1296 (XLIV) on the rights of 2 million displaced Kashmiris and the election in Indian Occupied Kashmir. It is available as Doc. E/CN.4/1996/NGO/21 at the UN.
18 March – 26 April 1996
Sponsored a 6 member delegation from various schools of opinion in Azad Kashmir, to attend the 52nd Session of UN Commission on Human Rights, in Geneva.
16 February 1996
Organised a ‘Round Table Conference’ on the rights of 2 million displaced Kashmiris. It was attended by all party heads of main stream political parties in Azad Kashmir and other schools of opinion in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan
19 September 1995
Organised a Conference on International day of Peace – coinciding with the opening of UN General Assembly and the 50th Anniversary of UN, at Islamabad, Pakistan. H E Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari, President of Pakistan was the chief guest.
October 1995 Attended the 50th Anniversary of UN in New York.
31 July – 25 August 1995 UN – Geneva
Attended the 47th session of UN Sub Commission on The Prevention of Discrimination And Protection of Minorities and addressed the session on :
Item 6 “Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including policies of racial discrimination and segregation and of the apartheid, in all countries, with particular reference to colonial and other dependent countries and territories….”.
Item 10 “The administration of justice and the human rights of detainees”.
Item 18 (b) “Freedom of Movement….population displacements”.
4 July 1995 – National Lobby House of Commons
JKCHR co-ordinated the first National Lobby on Kashmir in the House of Commons – Westminster, London. It was attended by British MPs from all political parties, councillors, religious leaders, Hurriet representative, senators from Pakistan and Foreign Minister of Pakistan – Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali. George Galloway MP – convenor of the Lobby read out the message from the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
13 May 1995 – UN Tribunal
JKCHR urged UN to set up an international tribunal to probe into the desecration and destruction of the shrine of Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani at Charar. NGO also demanded of the UN Secretary General to despatch UN special rapporteur on religious intolerance to Kashmir to investigate death, destruction and the defilement.
10-11 December 1994 22nd OIC Meeting – Casablanca
Presented an Aide Memoire on Kashmir, to the Secretary General of OIC and other participants at the 22nd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held at Casablanca – Morocco.
Received Hurriet delegation comprising of Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Moulvi Abbas Ansari.
7-8 November 1994 – UN ECOSOC – New York
Attended the UN ECOSOC Inter-Sessional Meeting at United Nations. Submitted a paper to the Working Group on the ‘contract of understanding’ between UN and NGO’s.
JKCHR pointed out the disparity in representations from developing countries and on the inequitable foothold of NGOs with regional and national mandates.
20 September – December 1994 – UN General Assembly
Attended the 49th Session of UN General Assembly and pursuant to agenda items 97 – “right of peoples to self determination” (resolutions 48/92 to 48/94 of December 1993), 100 – “Advancement of women”, 102 – “Questions relating to refugees, returnees” presented a memorandum to HE Amara Essy – President of the Session.
21-26 August 1994 Adelaide – Australia
Presented a paper titled ‘Four Generations of Victims in Kashmir’, at the 8th International Symposium on Victimology, organised by the Australian Society of Victimology, in association with the Australian Institute of Criminology. The Australian Crime Prevention Council and the Victims of Crime Service – on “Victimisation and Violence : Strategies For Survival”.
The Symposium had the support of the Australian and South Australian Governments, the South Australian Police Force, the University of South Australia, Flinders University, University of Adelaide and other agencies in the criminal justice system.
JKCHR paper has been published in the 1993-94 International Debates of Victimology – Volume WSVN.
August 1994 UN Sub Commission – Geneva
At the 46th session of UN Sub Commission on Prevention of Discrimination & Protection of Minorities, addressed the Sub Commission on agenda items: Item 10 “The administration of justice and the human rights of detainees”. Item 19 “Freedom of movement”.
March 1994 UN Human Rights Commission – Geneva
JKCHR delegation attended the 50th Session of UN Human Rights Commission and addressed the Commission on agenda items :
Item 10 “Question of the human rights of all persons subjected to any form of detention or imprisonment.
(C) Question of enforced or involuntary disappearances.
Item 11(d) “Human rights, mass exodus and displaced persons”.
Item 12 “Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world, with particular reference to colonial and other dependent countries and territories, including …..” Lobbied for Resolution L40 tendered by Pakistan on Kashmir.
February 1994 Washington
A 2 member delegation attended The Third Global Structures Convocation on “Human Rights, Global Governance and Strengthening the United Nations”.
JKCHR addressed an appeal to the Assembly urging it, to assist India and Pakistan, in stopping to invoke the enemy image of each other, so that the two countries could unlock their men and material, otherwise locked to respond to an inherent threat and divert the freed resources to development, health, education, elimination of hunger and peace projects.
Appeal also asked the Assembly to take regard of the fact that India has insulated Kashmir from outside world and that UN should re-orient its priorities to accomplish its unfinished agenda in conflict zones, like Kashmir.
14 January 1994 Regional Conference – Copenhagen
JKCHR-Scandinavian branch, organised an exhibition and a conference on the ‘Human Rights Situation in Kashmir’.
It was attended by Jorgen Estrup MP and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Viggo Fisher MP and Human Rights Spokesperson, Dr. Jens Norbek of Danish Physicians for Human Rights, Kh. Tariq Askari President, human rights activists and community leaders. Danish Daily Politiken dated 16 January carried an article on Kashmir and the work of JKCHR.
21-25 October 1993 CHOGM 93 Limassol – Cyprus
A 2 member delegation of JKCHR attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit and presented an appeal on Kashmir. JKCHR set up an information centre adjacent to the Summit and provided information on the situation in Kashmir to the Heads of Government and the world media.
Mayors of Nicosia & Famagusta invited JKCHR delegation to their receptions.
JKCHR was the only NGO from Asia at the Summit.
18-19 October 1993 European Parliament – Brussels
JKCHR presented a paper at the ‘Round Table Discussion On Kashmir’, organised by the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, in Brussels.
20 November 1993 Conference – Northampton
JKCHR – Northamptonshire branch, organised a conference and exhibition on the massive abuse of human rights in Kashmir at Kingsthorpe Community Centre. It was attended by local government councillors, human rights activists and a cross section of the community.
9 November 1993 Commonwealth – London
An Aide-Memoire on Kashmir was presented to HE Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary General of Commonwealth, reminding him that an onslaught on the humanity in Kashmir was taking place in the corridors of Commonwealth and that CHOGM had failed to keep its nerve, in the best interests of the future of its people.
August 1993 UN Sub Commission – Geneva
JKCHR, FIDH and World Society of Victimology, sponsored and presented a female witness – Mrs. Shamim Shawl from Indian controlled Kashmir, at the 45th session of UN Sub Commission on ‘Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities’. JKCHR Sec’ Gen’ addressed the Sub Commission on “massive violation of human rights in Kashmir”.v
June 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights -Vienna
A 6 member JKCHR delegation attended the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. JKCHR Secretary General Syed Nazir Gilani, was elected to the 33 member NGO Liaison Committee, on behalf of the Unrepresented Peoples and Nations. He addressed the Plenary and the Main Committee of the Conference.
On 18 June United Nations Correspondents Association in Vienna arranged a press briefing (for JKCHR Secretary General), on ‘Human Rights Situation in Kashmir’.
After Bosnia, Kashmir featured as second hot subject at the Conference. JKCHR exhibition on the massive abuse of human rights was a success. Two reports titled “Women & Children – Rape & Torture” and “Custodial Deaths” were launched during the Conference. JKCHR successfully steered a resolution on the plight of Kashmiri women during a session on women and hosted a reception.
13 May 1993 FIDH
JKCHR hosted a dinner at Hotel Marriott in Islamabad, to offer an opportunity to participants, to discuss the human rights situation in Kashmir and thank them for their co-operation during the visit of International Federation of Human Rights’ delegation, in the launch of JKCHR report on 30 April / and in the work of JKCHR run Centre for Victims of Rape & Torture at Muzaffarabad.
Among representatives from various schools of life, the dinner was also attended by senior diplomats from US and UK embassies. English national press carried Sec’ Gens’ article on ‘UN World Moot on Human Rights’. The article set out guiding principles on the role of NGOs at the NGO Forum 10-12 June and the Conference 14-25 June 1993, in Vienna.
4 May 1993 Prime Minister of Pakistan
A 6 member delegation headed by Secretary General, Syed Nazir Gilani, called on ‘care taker’ Prime Minister of Pakistan, HE Balakh Sher Mazari and had a working lunch with him.
Delegation discussed the situation in Indian controlled Kashmir and the role of PM of Pakistan as Chairperson of AJ & K Council, role of Pakistan as one of the parties under UN Resolutions, JKCHR participation at June 93 UN World Conference on Human Rights, in Vienna and related issues.
30 April 1993 Report
“Women and Children – Rape and Torture”, report was launched at Hotel Pearl Continental in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
HE Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, President of AJ & K presided. Chief Justice of AJ & K High Court, Mr. Justice Malik Majid, ex President Gen. Hayat Khan, Senator Khalil-Ur-Rehman, Chair Human Rights Committee in the Senate, religious scholars, lawyers, journalists, members of AJ & K Assembly, leaders of THK, diplomats and people from all cross sections attended. National press carried an article titled ‘Rape and Torture in Held Kashmir’.
10-18 April 1993 FIDH Delegation
A four member delegation of France based NGO International Federation of Human Rights consisting of Etienne Jaudel, Odile Sidem Poulain – Secretary General FIDH, Haytham Manna, Patanjali M Varadarajan visited refugee camps in Azad Kashmir, on the invitation of JKCHR. FIDH published two reports on the ‘violation of human rights’ by Indian Security Forces.
14 February 1993 Exhibition
JKCHR organised an exhibition on the abuse of human rights in Kashmir, at the Memon hall in London. Members of British Parliament, church leaders, human rights activists and social workers attended. MP John Bowis remained at JKCHR stall for about 45 minutes. Proceeds from the sale of literature, reports and posters were donated to ‘Bosnia Appeal’.
March 1993 UN Human Rights Commission – Geneva
A 3 member delegation attended the 49th Session of UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Delegation attended the NGO meeting called by Mr. Vladdimir Petrovsky, the Under Secretary General and newly appointed Director General of the UN office at Geneva. Useful lobbying was done.
Exchange on ‘Pass Laws’, introduced in Kashmir, with members of the ‘Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’ (CERD), during the dinner hosted by the head of Pakistan delegation, elicited fresh interest on the subject.
February 1993 Abdul Rashid Kabuli
An evening of discussion was arranged with Parliamentarian/Lawyer Abdul Rashid Kabuli, from Indian occupied Kashmir, on his way back from United States Institute of Peace (USIP). USIP had invited him to present a paper on ‘Conflict Resolution in South Asia – Creative Approach to Kashmir’, from 11-14 January 1993.
17 January 1993 PM John Major
JKCHR made a representation to Prime Minister John Major, prior to his visit to New Delhi, urging him to take up the issues of massive abuse of human rights and Kashmiris right of self determination during his talks with Indian authorities.
10 January 1993 Deputy Speaker of National Assembly
JKCHR hosted a dinner in London, in honour of Deputy Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Khokhar and the leading writer/journalist of Pakistan Mr. Zahid Malik.
The occasion was attended by British MPs, parliamentarians from Nigeria, lawyers, writers, scholars, religious leaders, senior politicians, social workers and people from all walks of life. The issues of the abuse of human rights in Kashmir and threat to regional peace were high lighted.
January 1993 – CPDR, APCLC, OPDR report
Published the report ‘War Zone’, compiled by 3 Indian Human Rights Organisations – Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) Bombay, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) and Organisation for the Protection of Democratic Rights (OPDR) Andhra Pradesh. Report catalogued abuse of human rights and described Kashmir a ‘War Zone’.
5-6 December 1992 CIIR & IPJET
JKCHR delegation attended international conference on ‘East Timor Affairs’, jointly hosted by Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) and the International Platform of Jurists for East Timor (IPJET) in London.
November 1992 Amnesty International
JKCHR briefed the Amnesty International delegation prior to their visit to New Delhi from 12 November 1992.
30 November 1992 International Alert
JKCHR attended international conference on ‘New and Emerging Conflicts in the Changing World Order’, hosted by International Alert. It was addressed by Jan Egeland, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. JKCHR participation elicited a positive statement from Mr. Egeland on Kashmir.
12 November 1992 BPHRG
JKCHR presented evidence on the abuse of human rights by the Indian army, Border Security Forces, Central Reserve Police and other Secret Services in Kashmir, to the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group (BPHRG), in the House of Commons.
19 October 1992 HE President of Pakistan
JKCHR delegation called on HE Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President of Pakistan. Meetings were also held with HE Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, President of Azad Kashmir, HE Sardar Mohammad Abdul Qayyum Khan, PM of Azad Kashmir, Mr. Justice Nasim Hassan Shah, Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan, High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Charge d’ Affairs Jordan, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Australia, Norway, France, America and Japan based in Islamabad – Pakistan.
19-22 September 1992 Council of Europe – Strasbourg
Attended engagements as planned by the Directorate of Human Rights, with Director of the HR Directorate, Head of Committee Against Torture and incharge of HR Information Centre in the Council of Europe.
9-11 September 1992 UN New York
Addressed the UN Annual Conference at UN Headquarters in New York, on ‘Regional Conflicts : Threats to World Peace and Progress’. JKCHR June 92 report on “Rape, Torture & Death’, was made available to Government and NGO delegates.
23 March 1992 Hasler Prison
Secured the release of a Kashmiri prisoner from Indian controlled Kashmir held in HM Prison Hasler. The prisoner had contacted JKCHR from Pentonville prison in December 1991.
January 1991 – Azad Kashmir
Set up a ‘Centre for Victims of Rape & Torture’, at Muzaffarabad. Hired the services of a qualified Medical Doctor and a Clinical Psychologist.
December 1990 – Refugee Camps
Launched relief work in various refugee camps in Azad Kashmir. PM Azad Kashmir, Speaker of Assembly, Ministers and local administration remained involved and supportive.
17 August 1990 Indian High Commission – London
Arranged first public demonstration against gross violations of human rights by the Indian armed forces, outside the Indian High Commission. A memorandum was handed in for the Prime Minister of India.
6 July 1990 UN ECOSOC Resolution 1503
A JKCHR delegation on the invitation of UN attended a meeting with various Section Heads of the United Nations in Geneva. Discussed a 13 item agenda and invoked ECOSOC Resolution 1503 against India on her ‘gross and systematic abuse’ of human rights.
10 January 1990 UN Human Rights Centre – Geneva
On 10 January 1990 reported to UN the first killings by Indian Security Forces on 8/9 January 1990. It was the first reporting on the incident.
May 1987 Dubrovnik – Yugoslavia
Presented a paper on “The Abuse of Power”, in Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir at the 3rd International Conference on ‘Victims and the Criminal Justice System’, at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik – Yugoslavia.