Kashmiri activists awarded Norway's Rafto Prize for human rights

Two Indian activists from the heavily militarised region of Kashmir on Thursday was awarded Norway's Rafto Prize for human rights for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory, the award ceremony held in Bergen on 5 November 2017. The prize of 17,750 euros was formally presented to Parveena Ahanger and Imroz Parvez. Named after the late Norwegian human rights activist Thorolf Rafto, four past winners of the prize (Aung San Suu Kyi, Jose Ramos-Horta, Kim Dae-Jung and Shirin Ebadi) went on to win to Nobel Peace Prize. Ahanger, nicknamed "The Iron Lady of Kashmir", founded and leads the Association of Parents of Missing Persons after her 17-year-old son was kidnapped by security forces in 1990. She hasn't heard anything from or of him since. Her co-laureate, lawyer Parvez, founded the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) which promotes human rights and non-violence. It has documented the authorities' use of torture in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Talat Bhat participated in the event. Read his report...