Monday, November 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Moot Court Room, J250, Jackman Law Building

Kashmir Human Rights Crisis: A Teach-In
November 4, 2019, 6-8 pm
Moot Court Room, J250
Jackman Law Building, 78 Queens Park Crescent

Join us for a teach-in on Kashmir, the most heavily militarized region in the world and currently in the midst of a human rights crisis. In August 2019, the Indian government of Narendra Modi unilaterally abolished Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, stripping the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and paving the way for Indian settlement of the area.

This constitutional move was preceded by a massive additional military presence and a communications blackout imposed on the region. The limited information that has come out of the region suggest serious human rights abuses, including violations of freedom of expression and assembly, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

How did it get to this? What are the historical reasons for the Kashmiri crisis? What is the contemporary context of state violence, repression, and youth resistance? What role does self-determination play in an area frequently portrayed as a site of bilateral geopolitical conflict?

Come and learn at our teach-in co-organized by the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Toronto For Kashmir.

Our panelists will speak about the history of Kashmir, the deteriorating human rights situation, the implications of India's constitutional changes, and the causes and complexities of the ongoing conflict.

Zubair Dar is an Environmental Sciences and Policy researcher, with expertise in water conflicts. He has worked as a journalist in Kashmir, and was later involved in Track II diplomacy between India and Pakistan.

Ifrah Sahibzadi is a Kashmiri activist, content creator, writer, and founder of Toronto For Kashmir.

Moderated by Vincent Wong, Adjunct Professor and William C. Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Open to the public, admission is free.

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