Award to Khurram vindicates fight for human rights: Imroz

GK News service
Publish Date: Apr 1 2006 12:00PM
Srinagar, Mar 31: Khurram Parvez, Srinagar born human rights activist will be awarded the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award for 2006 for his contribution in promoting human rights in the state. He is one of the four young activists who have been selected for the prestigious award that would be given to them on May 17 at Skirball Centre for Performing Arts, New York. Khurram was selected for the award from among 10000 nominees world wide. Khurram who is also a co-founder of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCSS) has announced that he will donate the award money of 50000 dollars (Rs 23 lakhs) to JKCSS for its future programs. Li Dan, 27, of China for his work on AIDS epidemic in China, Rachel Lloyd, 30, of US for work on sexually exploited children in New York, and Otto Saki, 24, of Zimbabwe for human rights are the other awardees. Khurram is presently pursuing his fellowship in human rights at Glasgow, England. Parvez Imroz President JKCSS while lauding Khurram said that the award was an “acknowledgement of the issue of human rights in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It also vindicates the fight for human rights in the state.” The statement issued by Reebok Human Rights Award announcing the award notes: “Khurram, 28, a champion of peace in conflict-torn Kashmir, works at the forefront of the struggle to defend human rights in Kashmir.
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