Archived Activities


JKCHR Activities Since 1984

JKCHR has pursued a robust agenda since 1984. These activities will be updated on this site. However if you require a list of these activities, please contact us.

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.

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Naranthal (Jalsharee), Baramulla, Kashmir
Opened in November 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 1992 Amnesty International
JKCHR briefed the Amnesty International delegation prior to their visit to New Delhi from 12 November 1992.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

Report - June 1996
Published a report on Elections titled ‘Telltale Blue Ink & Elections in Kashmir, 1877-1996.

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 - 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’.