Is self-determination on the cards for Kashmiris?

In Aljazeera's Upfront with Mehdi Hassan Ather Zia debated Sualeh Keen for the case for independence. Aljazeera reports: Indian-administered Kashmir is one of the most militarised places in the world. Recent violence between demonstrators and Indian security forces in the disputed region left at least 80 civilians dead and about 12,000 wounded. One group even accused Indian … Continue reading Is self-determination on the cards for Kashmiris?

Kanjwal contributes to Al Jazeera discussion on 2016 protests

Critical Kashmir Studies' Hafsa Kanjwal recently spoke with Al Jazeera in a discussion about the heightened tensions in Kashmir in August 2016. People throughout Kashmir came out in protest in response to Indian soldiers' killing of a prominent Kashmiri separatist, Burhan Wani, in July. Police quickly responded with a strict curfew. More than 50 were killed … Continue reading Kanjwal contributes to Al Jazeera discussion on 2016 protests

Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_gtVB8XN10 When CKS's Ather Zia was a student fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Human Rights Center, she produced this short film about women's involvement in human rights movements in Indian-administered Kashmir. "I have been dashed to ground," one of the women in the film explains. "One who has felt the pain knows. My … Continue reading Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

CKS member Ather Zia contributed this photo essay of 15 images and text from the field in Kashmir to the Association for the Anthropology of Policy earlier this year. This study was undertaken through the Engaged Anthropology Grant with the Wenner-Gren Foundation. You can find this essay in its original form on Anthropology of Policy's … Continue reading Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

Women in Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

On International Women's Day (March 8) in 2015, CKS's Ather Zia discussed women's roles in the Kashmiri resistance movement on Dorabji's radio show. This was part of a broader conversation on how women resist occupation in Palestine and Kashmir and the gendered effects of occupation. Zia was interviewed alongside Samia Showman (Palestinian American educator) and … Continue reading Women in Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

Is Independent Kashmir Possible?

By Bilal Hussain Unabated curfews, clampdown on all sorts of communications including media gag, and protests in Indian-administered Kashmir is not a new phenomenon, it has been going on since 1947. So far 95 civilians have died, and over 15,000 people have also been injured across the Kashmir valley since July 9th, 2016 after the killing … Continue reading Is Independent Kashmir Possible?

Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Leading human rights defender Khurram Parvez was arrested by Indian authorities on September 16 under the Public Safety Act. This arrest was in the midst of a summer of violence, protests, militarization, and heightened tensions in Kashmir. Parvez is coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and justice in … Continue reading Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

The Work of Mourning: Affective Law and the search for Disappeared in Kashmir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgytrosFIXs Dr. Ather Zia speaks at the American University of Beirut, hosted by the Center for American Studies and Research, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Asfari Institute. Features a response by Dr. Rania Masri (Asfari Institute) and Dr. Anjali Nath (CASAR). (Originally uploaded May 10, 2016 by YouTube user American University of … Continue reading The Work of Mourning: Affective Law and the search for Disappeared in Kashmir

Kashmir Scholars Action Group Letter to the UN High Commission for Human Rights on the Situation in Jammu&Kashmir: KSAG

To Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Re: Urgent action needed to end state violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir We are writing to you to express our concern about the situation in Indian-controlled Kashmir where the already subjected population is currently living in a state of siege due to the massive … Continue reading Kashmir Scholars Action Group Letter to the UN High Commission for Human Rights on the Situation in Jammu&Kashmir: KSAG

Free Khurram Parvez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Mb9etObFk On September 15, leading Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez was arrested by Indian authorities on his way to a UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. Parvez is the coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (JKCCS). Many CKS members are actively involved in an international campaign seeking Parvez's release. … Continue reading Free Khurram Parvez