Oxford University Students Hold Protest, Demand Release of Khurram Parvez in J&K

The students held placards and sloganeered demanding the release of the arrested Kashmiri activist.

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Oxford University Students Hold Protest, Demand Release of Khurram Parvez in J&K

Around 70 to 80 students at the University of Oxford on Saturday, 27 November stepped out in support of the people in Kashmir, protesting against alleged atrocities in the region and demanding the release of Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez.

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In a press release issued by the protesting students, they stated that they "urge the international community to pressure the Indian state to stop the atrocities in Kashmir and also release Khurram Parvez, a prominent human rights defender."

It went on to note that the protests come a week after the Indian armed forces "killed at least six people in two different encounters while using some of them as human shields."

As per the Twitter account of Kashmir Zone Police, three 'terrorists' had been neutralised in Rambagh while their identification and affiliation were yet to be ascertained, it said.

"Contrary to the police’s version, eyewitnesses recount that all of them were unarmed and were thrown out of a car and shot in broad daylight", said the protesters.

The students also spoke on the Hyderpora incident, in which the police said they had killed an individual associated with a terrorist and two others, while their anguished families asserted otherwise.

Holding placards and sloganeering on Sunday, the students said, "Recognise, respect, and restore the dignity of Kashmiri lives. Stop the arbitrary killings and bloodshed of the Kashmiri people. Release political prisoners and human rights defenders, including Khurram Parvez."

They also beseeched the Indian government to "respect the right to self-determination of Kashmiri people and enable them to exercise it."

This was followed by the gathering observing a 7-minute silence.

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