Robert Thorp Award
Robert Thorp (1838- 1868), is considered one of the first travelers on the path of freedom struggle of Kashmir for his courageous writings on behalf of Kashmiris and his contribution towards their political enfranchisement and socio-economic rights. Therefore, JKCCS decided to confer the Robert Thorp award to persons who have shown exemplary courage, contributed to the achievement of civil and political rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and have taken a stand against the injustice and oppression of the Indian State. Past awardees include Aaasiya Jeelani, Jaleel Andrabi, Patricia Gossman, Akhter Mohi-ud-din and Dr. K. Balagopal. The award is normally presented in the month of November.
20 April: Remembering AasiyaJeelani
On 20 April 2004, Aasiya Jeelani, human rights activist, was killed, along with the driver of her vehicle Ghulam Nabi, by an IED blast. Aasiya Jeelani was a part of an election monitoring team and she was travelling in North Kashmir along with other team members covering the 2004 Indian Lok Sabha elections. Aasiya was a member of the Kashmiri Women Initiative for Peace and Disarmament (KWIPD), a constituent of JKCCS, and she was the editor of Voices Unheard.
Aasiyas work and life has been an inspiration to numerous people, particularly Kashmiri women, and JKCCS therefore remembers Aasiya, her life and her work at an annual public event on 20 April.
On 22 August 2013, the German Embassy, New Delhi, issued a press release that Zubin Mehta would be conducting an orchestra on 7 September 2013, at the Mughal Garden, Shalimar Bagh, in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. It was felt by JKCCS and other civil society individuals and groups that legitimizing an occupation via a musical concert was unacceptable. On 7 September 2013, “Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir”, a cultural and aesthetic tribute to the resilience and struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was held at the Municipal Park, Srinagar. This event organized by JKCCS and other civil society individuals and groups included musical performances, poetry recitals, photography exhibits and other performance art, and was open to the public.
Following the success of the 7 September 2013 event, Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir became a platform for the release of a music CD on Afzal Guru. The CD titledA tribute to Afzalwas released at a public event in the last week of September 2013.
Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir is a part of the process of the use of culture and the arts as resistance.
International Day of Disappeared
Every year, on 30 August, APDP commemorates the International Day of the Disappeared. Victim families of disappeared, activists, students and other civil society members are invited to varied format programmes like seminars, public forums and sit-ins.
Peoples Vision, organized in 2005 and 2006, was a public event where political leaders were invited to share their vision for Jammu and Kashmir. The aim of the program was to cultivate an atmosphere of questioning and accountability in society. Therefore, speeches of leaders were followed by extensive questioning by the audience.
We organize psycho-social programmes for the rehabilitation of the victims/families of human rights violations.