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Le Prix Ludovic-TrarieuxParvez IMROZ

Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize 2006



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The European lawyers members of the Jury of the "LUDOVIC-TRARIEUX INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE » meeting in Brussels Court’s House, on Friday 2 June 2006 awarded the eleventh « Ludovic-Trarieux » Prize, created in 1984 (first prize winner Nelson Mandela then in jail) and awarded every year to a lawyer, regardless of nationality or Bar, who, by his work, will have illustrated his activity or his suffering, the defence of human rights, of defence rights, the supremacy of law, the struggle against racism and intolerance in any form and given jointly by the HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTES OF THE BAR Of BORDEAUX, BRUSSELS, PARIS and the EUROPEAN BAR HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE ( IDHAE), axarded the Prize 2006 to Parvez Imroz, a human rights lawyer and a civil rights activist in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, who, since the end of the eighties, has initiated and led campaigns for human rights in a context of grave violations, including killings, tortures and rapes, or forced "disappearances" with impunity


Parvez Imroz is founder and President of the J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) that works to build local alliances between Kashmiri civil society groups.


The following was the list of the Jury for 2006 : : Bâtonnier Bertrand Favreau, Président, Bâtonnier John Bigwood (Bruxelles), Bâtonnier Henri Ader (Paris), President Woijciech Hermelinski ( National Polish Bar Council Warsaw), Bâtonnier Manuel Ducasse (Bordeaux), President Mario Lana (Roma), President Lucy Winskell (Law Society of England and Wales - London), Präsident Bernd Haüsler (Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin), Bâtonnier Robert De Baerdemaeker (Brussels), Bâtonnier Georges-Albert Dal (Brussels), Christophe. Pettiti IDHBP (Paris), Julia Bateman (London), Brigitte Azema Peyret, (Bordeaux), Hélêne Szuberla, (Bordeaux), Nicole Dehry, IDHBP (Paris), Isabelle Huet, IDHBP (Paris), Marie-France Guet, IDHBP (Paris), Reginald de Beco (Brussels), Raymond Blet, (Bordeaux), Philippe Froin, (Bordeaux), Frédéric Krenc (Brussels, Thierry Bontinck (Brussels).




Background :  Previously, on May 17 2006: Amnesty International has approached the special representative of the UN secretary general on the denial of passport to the human rights activist Parvez Imroz, who heads the J&K coalition of Civil Society.

In a statement Imroz, who is also the patron of the association of parents of disappeared persons, said he had applied for the renewal of passport in 2004 to the passport authorities in the state. Since thereafter the authorities have neither formally denied him the passport nor given reasons for its non- issuance.

The human rights activist's no objection certificate (NOC) is lying with the CID/ CIK since March 14, 2005 with the result he was unable to attend the important international human rights conferences

Imroz believes that being human rights activist the state is unlikely to issue him the passport which contravenes the Indian constitution and international treaties like ICCPR (section 12 guarantees Right to Travel outside the country) to which government of India is signatory. Denial of travel documents deprive him the right to have unhindered access with the international NGOs and human rights organizations, which is also violation of the UN declaration on human rights defenders.

Several previous Amnesty documents have reported threats and other difficulties experienced by Imroz because of his human rights. In 2002 Amnesty issued a report persecuted for challenging injustice: human rights defenders in India documenting their concerns about the treatment of human rights activists. The organization has asked the government of India on many occasions to support the work of human rights defenders and fulfill their obligations under international law, such as the right to travel outside the country and the principals enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights Defenders so that they can carry out their work without any hindrance.



Biography : Parvez Imroz is a human rights lawyer and a civil rights activist in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. He graduated in Science from Srinagar in the year 1972 and then got his LLB degree at the Law College Aligarh Muslim University in 1975. Imroz joined the J&K High Court as a lawyer in 1978.  Since the end of the eighties, he has initiated and led campaigns for human rights in a context of grave violations, including killings, tortures and rapes, or forced "disappearances" with impunity. He is founder and President of the J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) that works  to build local alliances between Kashmiri civil society groups.

In response to the large volume of parents at the Jammu and Kashmir High court who were filing or pursuing habeas corpus petitions, Imroz founded in 1994 the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), which brings together hundreds of Kashmiri families whose members have been the victims of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (EID). The APDP is a collective campaigning organization that seeks truth and justice on this human rights issue in Kashmir. The APDP is not a human rights group but an association of those suffering by the State’s tactics and they are campaigning for knowing the whereabouts of their missing relatives. Any person related to a victim of a disappearance  could be a member of the association. The association has no political affiliations or political positions; it is an independent group seeking justice and information from the state.

Parvez Imroz  has lost four colleagues in seven years at the hands of the security forces. Imroz's senior partner, H N Wanchoo, was assassinated in the early 1990s, and on April, 12, 1995, Parvez Imroz was shot when he was driving home after visiting a friend some eight kilometres from Srinagar. Two men armed with automatic weapons signalled him to stop. Imroz sped up, and as he passed beyond them he was hit in the upper left back. He lost control of the car and stopped in front of a mosque. Someone came out of the mosque and drove Imroz to the SMHS hospital. Fragments of AK-56 bullets were found in Imroz's upper back, and his left lung was damaged. After six days, Imroz was transferred to a hospital in Delhi, where he remained for fifteen days. When he returned to Srinagar, several militants of Hezb-ul Mujahedin apologized for shooting him, claiming that it was a case of mistaken identity. He was tempted to quit.

One year later, on March 8, 1996, Imroz had tea with another High Court lawyer specialising in human rights, Jalil Andrabi. Thirty minutes later, Andrabi and his wife were stopped by a unit of the 35 Rashtriya Rifles (35RR), an Indian paramilitary force. In 2004, a gunman came to the home of senior lawyer Peer Husssam-ud-Din Banday to discuss a case, and killed him.


On July 18, 2001, Imroz realized his dream, in Srinagar, he laid the foundation stone of a monument built by the APDP, in memory of Kashmiri men who have gone missing in the past 12 years of violence. In less than eight-hours, Indian police razed the foundation.

Parvez Imroz did not resign and founded the Public Commission on Human Rights (PCHR) that works extensively on the documentation of human rights violations and the dissemination of the information through its monthly dossier “The Informative Missive”. The PCHR also provides free legal assistance to the victims of human rights violations. The PCHR has published a comprehensive report on Human Rights situation in Kashmir, which includes the time period of last 16 years. Besides documentation, the commission is providing free legal assistance to the victims of human rights violations. Thousands of victims have been benefited from the PCHR’s free legal assistance.

Recently, in April 2003, Imroz organized a worldwide hunger strike, coordinated in different cities across the world, pressing for an end to disappearances, prosecution of perpetrators, and appointment of a commission to probe into all enforced disappearances. During the hunger strike the APDP received the letters of solidarity from the civil society groups from India and abroad.


In March 2004, the Association of Disappeared Persons organised a protest in Srinagar. Violent protest demonstrations followed alleged police high- handedness and over a dozen people, mostly women, were injured. Witnesses said that police targeted women in a procession by the APDP  heading towards the office of the United Nations who were demanding for the fate of their relatives who had gone missing in police custody during the last 13 years. Soon after the procession started from the APDP office, police used force to disperse it. Over a dozen women and the APDP patron, Parvez Imroz, were injured. Later police arrested 10 women and Parvez Imroz and they remained in custody for 7 hours.

Once more, on 21 April 2005, the APDP organised, in Srinagar a new laying of foundation stone for a monument to disappeared persons.

On April 30, 2005 at 5.30 am, an unidentified gunman came to Imroz’s house in the Kralpora area, stating that he wanted to discuss a case with him. Reportedly, the door was not opened for the man. Fifteen minutes later, the man allegedly banged on the door and left. The information received indicates that, at this time in the morning, there are restrictions on civilian movement in the Kashmir valley. It was alleged that the man who came to Imroz’s house that morning was a member of the army. On 11 May 2005, the Special Representative on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers of the United Nations sent an urgent appeal concerning Parvez Imroz. No response has been received from the Government of India.



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