Khurram Parvez

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Khurram Parvez
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Nationality India
Occupation(s)Chairperson, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
Known forReebok Human Rights Award
SpouseSameena Khurram

Khurram Parvez is a Kashmiri human rights activist.[1][2] He is the Chairperson of Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)[3] and Program Coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS).[4][5] Khurram is a recipient of the 2006 Reebok Human Rights Award.[6][7] Parvez was included in Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in 2022.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Parvez is married to Sameena Khurram and has a son.[9]


2016 arrest[edit]

On 14 September 2016, he was first stopped by Indian authorities at New Delhi airport to prevent him from attending the 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the alleged atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir during 2016 Kashmir violence.[4][10]

Parvez was later arrested on 15 September by Indian officials from his home in Srinagar.[11] Later on 16 September 2016, Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society stated that Khurram Parvez has been detained without formal arrest or notifications, and in violation of his rights to information, and legal counsel.[12][13][14] On 21 September, a day after a sessions court ordered his release, Khurram Parvez had been detained a second time under Public Safety Act (PSA).[15][16] On 25 Nov 2016, Jammu Kashmir High Court quashed his detention, even then he was not released from prison.[17] After 76 days of detention,[18] on 30 November he was finally released from prison following the orders[19] of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.[20]

2021 arrest[edit]

On 22 November 2021, Parvez was arrested by the National Investigation Agency, having been accused of "terror-funding" and "conspiracy". His home and office were raided.[21][22]


  1. ^ Chatterji, Angana P. "The Militarized Zone," in Ali, Tariq; Bhat, Hilal; Chatterji, Angana P.; Khatun, Habbah; Misra, Pankaj; Roy, Arundhati. Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Verso Books. p. 123. ISBN 9781844677351.
  2. ^ Quraishi, Humra. Kashmir, the Untold Story. Penguin Books India. p. 156. ISBN 9780143030874.
  3. ^ Secretariat, AFAD. "Stop Harassment Of Human Rights Defenders In Kashmir!". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b Bhatnagar, Gaurav Vivek. "Kashmiri Human Rights Activist Headed for UN Meet Detained at Delhi Airport". The Wire (India). Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Rights activist Khurram Pervez detained". Kashmir Monitor. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ Mozumder, Suman Guha (9 May 2006). "J&K activist gets Reebok Human Rights Award". Rediff News. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Award to Khurram vindicates fight for human rights: Imroz". Greater Kashmir. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Khurram Parvez 'modern-day David': Time 100 most influential list". Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Who is Khurram Parvez, Kashmiri human rights activist arrested by NIA?". The Week. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Kashmiri activist Khurram Parvez detained day after being stopped at Delhi's IGI". The Hindustan Times. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  11. ^ "India: Activist Blocked from UN Meeting, Detained". Human Rights Watch. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  12. ^ "J&K Police arrests human rights activist Khurram Parvez". The Indian Express. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  13. ^ Raj, Suhasini (15 September 2016). "India Prevents Kashmiri Activist From Traveling to U.N. Meeting". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  14. ^ "India: Kashmir police arrest activist Khurram Parvez". AlJazeera. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  15. ^ Masood, Bashaarat (22 September 2016). "Day after court 'sets free' activist Khurram Parvez, J&K govt books him under PSA". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  16. ^ "India: Kashmiri human rights activist re-arrested". Amnesty International. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  17. ^ Vivek Bhatnagar, Gaurav (28 November 2022). "Khurram Parvez Remains in Custody Despite HC Order Overruling Detention". The Wire. Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  18. ^ "Kashmir: Human rights activist Khurram Parvez released". Al Jazeera English. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  19. ^ "High Court orders release of prominent Kashmiri human rights activist". The Express Tribune. Reuters. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  20. ^ Bukhari, Fayaz (30 November 2016). "Released from jail, Kashmiri activist vows to fight for prisoner rights". Reuters. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Khurram Parvez: Kashmiri rights activist arrested under anti-terror law". BBC News. 23 November 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  22. ^ "How a terrorism law in India is being used to silence Modi's critics". the Guardian. 10 December 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2021.