Over 1,000 joined us on Zoom and FB live for the public forum hosted by twenty-five Canadian civil society organizationson October 22 to consider Canada’s policy in regard to Kashmir.
The session included a stellar lineup of lawyers, academics, authors and activists, and offered an overview of the long-standing conflict, which India’s current Hindu nationalist government has escalated.
The panel explored the history of the conflict in light of international law; human rights situation and issues of impunity; Hindu nationalism project and the colonization of Kashmir; geopolitical perspectives in light of China’s involvement; and accountability and India foreign policy.
Guest speakers included Haley Duschinski, associate professor of anthropology and graduate director of the Center for Law, Justice and Culture at Ohio University. She discussed human rights, militarization, impunity and the ongoing siege of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Other panelists included attorney Imraan Mir, co-founder of the Kashmir Law and Justice Project, Malavika Kasturi, associate professor of South Asian history at the University of Toronto, Siddiq Wahid, scholar-in-residence at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory at Shiv Nadar University, and Dr Azeezah Kanji, a legal and academic writer.