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J&K's human rights activist gets his due

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | June 14, 2006 15:06 IST

Parvez ImrozFor55-year-old Parvez Imroz, human rights has been acostly passion.

    As founder of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Imroz has notonly lost seven of his colleagues, but he too escaped death whenunknown assailants shot at him in April 1995 while he was driving home.

    He has been filingpublic interest litigations forpeoplelanguishing invarious prisons in Kashmir, keeping track of hundreds of peoplewhosimply vanished into thin air during the last 18 yearsand holding protests against violations ofhuman rights.

    He was the first to file a PIL in the state high court against the trafficking of poor, helpless Bengali women to Kashmir and it was on the basis of this PIL that the court swung into action ordering an immediate ban on such shameful trafficking.

    A lawyer by profession, his organisation has been rendering free legal assistance to those whose human rights have been violatedandthose whose loved oneshave been killed.

    Members of the jury of the Ludovic-Trarieux International HumanRightsPrize in Brussels Court's House on June 2, 2006, awarded the eleventh Ludovic-Trarieux Prize, created in 1984 (the first prize winner was Nelson Mandela then in jail), to Parvez Imroz.

    He was awarded the prestigious prize for his workto illustratehuman suffering,defence of human rights and for working to uphold the supremacyof law.

    The award citation said,"The 2006 prize is awarded to Parvez Imroz, a human rights lawyer and a civil rights activist in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, who, since the end of the 1980s, has initiated and led campaigns for human rights in a context of grave violations, including killings, tortures and rapes, or forced "disappearances" with impunity".

    "This award is the recognition for upholding of human rights and the rule of law," said Imroz.

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