Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) was founded in 2000. It is an amalgam of various non-funded, non-profit, campaign, research, and advocacy organizations based in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Through its constituents, JKCCS seeks to speak truth to power, whether through reports, programs, systematic documentation, litigation, or other engagements in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.
JKCCS believes that a vibrant civil society and institution-building are essential for any society, particularly Jammu and Kashmir. JKCCS maintains that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should enjoy all the internationally guaranteed civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to self-determination. It is in this context that JKCCS was formed. Political freedom must not arrive in a vacuum but be supported by pre-existing civil society institutions. Reinforcement of civil society is necessary to protect human rights. The culture of intolerance has to be replaced by a culture of dialogue and understanding to ensure peace and democracy. Through its work, JKCCS aim to engage with issues of importance on a civil-society level, monitor and investigate human right abuses, and seek truth, justice, and reparations.
For more information, visit the group’s website here.