Kashmiri Human Rights activist Khurram Parvez was taken into custody on his way to 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Khurram’s detention comes amidst widespread protests in Kashmir. Since July 2016, 82 civilians have been killed and 11,000 wounded. As international scholars and activists call to Free Khurram, we listen to him in conversation with APEX producer Tara Dorabji, discussing how he began his work for human rights.
We also talk with poet Shivani Narang about her performance in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring of emerging Asian artists. The literary arts showcase is on Friday at Arc Gallery and Studios in San Francisco.
Then we’ll catch up with Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, a Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist, discussing the International Court of Justice’s judgments on preliminary issues in the Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament case against some nuclear nations.