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(2017-11-05) For the first time, the Rafto Prize 2017 was awarded to two Kashmiri human rights activists from the Indian occupied Kashmir, Ms. Parveena Ahangarand Mr. Imroz Parvez, in a ceremony held in Bergen, Norway on Saturday, 4 November 2017. Ms. Parveena Ahangar founded the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, which supportsparents of missing and disappeared persons in the Indian occupied Kashmir. Mr. Imroz Parvez is a Kashmiri lawyer, civil rights activist, and founder of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society. The award was given in recognition of their decades-long struggle against abuses of human rights in the Indian occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir. Conferment of the prestigious Rafto Prize to Kashmiri activistshas brought attention to the violations of human rightin the Indian occupied Kashmir. ?

?Every year, the non-profit and non-partisan organization, Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, Norway, selects the most distinguished individuals in the fields of human rights and democracy from around the world for conferment of the prestigious Rafto Prize.

5 November 2017

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