Time magazine has featured jailed Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez among the 100 most influential people of 2022 across the globe under the “Leaders” category.
Parvez, who serves as chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, is currently lodged in a Delhi jail on “terrorism and conspiracy” charges.
He was arrested in November 2021 by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) following separate raids at his residence and office in Srinagar, just over a year after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and launched a crackdown against separatist leaders.
In April 2004, while monitoring Parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez lost his right limb when the vehicle he was traveling in was hit by a landmine blast in the state’s Kupwara district.
The Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), where Parvez is Programme Coordinator, unearthed the presence of mass graves in the state in a 2009 report titled Buried Evidence.
“The soft-spoken Khurram is almost a modern-day David who gave a voice to families that lost their children to enforced disappearances, allegedly by the Indian state. Khurram is the story and the storyteller of the insurgency and the betrayal of the people of Kashmir,” journalist Rana Ayyub wrote in the Time citation.