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Two Indian Kashmir activists win Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights

by Jal Pari

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            Two Indian activists from the closely militarised area of Kashmir on Thursday gained Norway's Rafto Prize for human rights for his or her long-term battle in opposition to violence within the disputed territory, the jury introduced.          </p><div id="article-body"><a href="http://www.thelocal.no/web page/view/tag/"></a><p>
The prize of $20,000 (17,750 euros) will formally be offered to Parveena Ahanger and Imroz Parvez on November fifth within the western Norwegian city of Bergen.

Named after the late Norwegian human rights activist Thorolf Rafto, 4 previous winners of the prize (Aung San Suu Kyi, Jose Ramos-Horta, Kim Dae-Jung and Shirin Ebadi) went on to win to Nobel Peace Prize, whose laureate for 2017 will probably be introduced on October sixth.

Ahanger, nicknamed "The Iron Woman of Kashmir", based and leads the Affiliation of Mother and father of Lacking Individuals after her 17-year-old son was kidnapped by safety forces in 1990. She hasn't heard something from or of him since.

Her co-laureate, lawyer Parvez, based the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) which promotes human rights and non-violence. It has documented the authorities' use of torture within the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Parveena Ahangar and Imroz Parvez have lengthy been on the forefront of the battle in opposition to arbitrary abuses of energy in a area of India that has borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarisation and worldwide stress," the Rafto Basis stated in an announcement.

"Their lengthy marketing campaign to show human rights violations, promote dialogue and search peaceable options to the intractable battle in Kashmir has impressed new generations throughout communities," it added.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan because the finish of British colonial rule in 1947 however each declare the water-rich territory in full.

From 1947-1949 the 2 nations fought over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state which ended up being divided alongside a de facto border nonetheless disputed at the moment. A second warfare over Kashmir in 1965 led to stalemate.

In late 1989 Muslim separatist teams launched an anti-India rebellion in Kashmir that was later taken over by Islamist guerrillas.

Since then the rebellion has killed tens of 1000's of individuals, principally civilians.

Between eight,000 and 10,000 individuals have gone lacking because the starting of the escalation within the 1980s, in line with the Rafto Basis.

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