Human Rights in Kashmir - Talk Thursday 9th April by Dr Pervaiz Nazir
Join us this Thursday 9th April for a talk by Dr Pervaiz Nazir about Human Rights in Kashmir. His talk will discuss some of the main causes and consequences of human rights violations in Kashmir, and also reflect on possible solutions of the Kashmir problem. The talk will be at the Jesus Lane Friends' Meeting House and starts at 7:30pm.
The Kashmir problem is one of the most intractable in the world. The territory is claimed by both India and Pakistan, and each country administers some portion. Though the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has a long history, in essence the main issue is whether the people of Kashmir can have the right of self-determination to decide their own future: to join India, Pakistan, or become an independent state. This right has been denied to the Kashmiri people.
The movement for self-determination, especially in Indian-administered Kashmir, has been suppressed and gross human rights violation by Indian security forces has taken place. These include extra-judicial killings, mass rape and sexual abuse, and political suppression.
Dr. Nazir lectures on the International Politics of Afghanistan and South Asia on the MSt in International Relations at POLIS. His research interests include the Politics of North-South relations, Globalization, South and West Asian Politics, Islamisation, and the relationship between Modernity, Secularism, and Democracy.
After the talk there will be a discussion about the right to self-determination and what role activists here can play in seeking justice.
The talk will be followed by a campaigns meeting, where we will plan future events and actions and sign letters. Anyone is welcome to stay and attend the campaigns meeting.
Please also note that on Tuesday 14th April, 7:30pm we are organising an Election Question Time with 4 parliamentary candidates, details here and in the right column.
A bit later in the month on Wednesday 29th April, 5pm, we're also hosting a film screening of Kashmir's Torture Trail, which will be followed by a Q&A with director Jezza Neumann, Further details and registration for free tickets here.