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 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)
- Public Commission on Human Rights (PCHR)
- International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir (IPTK).
JKCCS is affiliated with:
- Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) (http://www.afad-online.org/). Founded in 1998, AFAD is a human rights federation of organizations campaigning against enforced disappearances in Asia. The main object of AFAD is to build, develop and promote international solidarity among organizations of families of disappeared within Asia, and to work for the adoption of international instruments in the United Nations and Inter-American systems aimed at preventing enforced disappearances. Formally, APDP is a member of AFAD.
- Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) (http://www.pudr.org/?q=content/about-cdro). Formed in August 2007, CDRO is a coalition of around 20 civil and democratic organizations that campaign collectively against Indian State violence. Formally, PCHR is a member of CDRO.
- Armed Conflict Resolutions and People’s Rights Project (http://nonprofit.haas.berkeley.edu/research/acr.html), Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. The Project focuses on internal armed conflict and mass social violence and seeks to define steps in reparatory and transitional justice.