Who We Are
Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) was founded in 2000. We are an amalgam of various non-funded, non-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organizations based in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. JKCCS through its constituents seeks to speak truth to power whether through reports, programmes, systematic documentation, litigation or other engagements in Jammu and Kashmir and outside.
JKCCS believes that a vibrant civil society and institution building is essential for any society, particularly Jammu and Kashmir. JKCCS maintains that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should enjoy all the internationally guaranteed civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights including the right to self-determination. It is in this context that JKCCS was formed as political freedom must not arrive in a vacuum but must be supported by pre-existing non-state institutions. Reinforcement of civil society is necessary to protect human rights, and the culture of intolerance is to be replaced by culture of dialogue and understanding for ensuring peace and democracy. JKCCS aims through its work to engage with issues of importance on a civil society level, monitor and investigate human right abuses, and seek truth, justice and reparations.
The present constituents of JKCCS are:
Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) was established in 1994, when a large number of parents/relatives of disappeared persons used to visit the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to file or to pursue Habeas Corpus petitions. It was felt that there was a need for a collective to campaign on the issue of disappearances – whether in the courts or otherwise. APDP is technically not a human right group but an association of persons demanding the truth and whereabouts of the disappeared. Any family member of a disappeared person can be a member of the association.
Public Commission on Human Rights (PCHR) is an independent human rights organization founded in 2002 by Advocate Parvez Imroz . PCHR is a reconstituted outfit of a human rights organization, Kashmir Monitor, which has been working in Kashmir since 1994. PCHR has been documenting human rights violations and disseminating the information through its monthly newsletter “The Informative Missive.” Most of the information published in the newsletter is first hand, collected by the various fact-finding teams constituted by PCHR. Besides documentation, the commission also provides free legal assistance to victims of human rights violations.
The International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian- administered Kashmir (IPTK) was founded in April 2008. IPTK seeks to examine charges of structural and institutionalized violence in Jammu and Kashmir and engage with the international community.Please see www.kashmirprocess.org for more details.
Advocate Parvez Imroz
Zahir-ud- Din is a human rights defender, writer and journalist. A senior journalist, presently serving as Editorial Advisor for a Kashmiri daily, he is the author of numerous publications.
What We Do
Research & Documentation
Advocate Parvez Imroz leads the litigation practice of JKCCS, which is almost entirely a human rights practice primarily before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Srinagar. We file complaints before the State Human Rights Commission on different cases of human rights violations.
JKCCS with its constituent’s campaigns against the phenomenon of enforced disappearances, illegal detentions, torture, extra-judicial executions, sexual violence, unmarked/mass graves and seeks impartial investigations into all cases of human rights abuses, prosecution of perpetrators and justice/reparations to the victims of conflict.