RAFTO-Norway award is an international recognition of rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Says Ali Raza Syed

Chairman Kashmir Council Eu Ali Raza Syed

Bergen Norway,

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) has appraised the RAFTO Foundation of Norway for giving its annual award of 2017 to two leading Kashmiri human right defenders Parvez Imroz advocate and Parveena Ahangar.

In a statement Mr Ali Raza Syed said, the award by the internationally famous organisation to Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar is worldwide recognition of rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The award will be given to them on 5th November, Sunday in Bergen city of Norway and both of them have been arrived in the city a day ago.

The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights was established in 1986 in gratitude for the efforts and inspiration of human rights activities at international level rendered by late Professor Thorolf Rafto, the professor of Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway.

The statement of Chairman Kashmir Council EU who is in Bergen in order to attend the award ceremony said, these two human rights activists are among the people who refused to accept the violation and abuses of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir as they are struggling to protect the rights of the oppressed people of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) for a long time.

It is worldwide acceptance and recognition of their great work for a noble cause of Kashmir. They exposed the violence against those want freedom from Indian illegal occupation in IHK. Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar are such people who teach peace and work for peace and human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir. They share their voices against state terrorism and severe brutalities committed by the Indian occupation forces in IHK.

Mr Ali Raza underlined, the initiative of RAFTO Norway for giving award to the kashmiri activists prove that crimes against humanity including harassment of women and children is not acceptable by the international human rights organisation and such violence has no place in the civilised world today.

“This award is not just for two Kashmiris but it is for whole Kashmiri nation who are suffering from the Indian atrocities in IHK as well as for the people who are struggling for their rights in IHK.

He hope that the award will give more awareness about Kashmir issue and will give more voice and courage to the voiceless people of Kashmir.

Chairman Kashmir Council EU also hailed the efforts of Ms Marjan Lucas, the noted human rights activist from Holland who not only highlighted the human rights violation in IHK but also introduced Parvez Imroz’s struggle for the first time in Holland in 2003.

Giving reference of recent report of Amnesty International (AI) regarding violence in IHK, Mr Ali Raza Syed said, nobody can deny the facts about ground situation in Indian Held Kashmir.  In its report, the Amnesty acknowledged that Jammu and Kashmir state is witnessed a large scale human rights violations by Indian  authorities.

Chairman Kashmir Council EU urged the international community to stop human rights violations in IHK. They world community specially United Nation and EU should come forward and take step for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.

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