Kashmir Documentation and Research Center (KDRC)
Kashmir Council-EU advocates for international awareness of the present dire situation in Kashmir and in order to gather international support for the people of Kashmir in Europe, in cooperation with organizations with similar aims and with the Kashmiri Diaspora world-wide. For this purpose, the Council established the Kashmir Documentation and Research Centre, which opened its doors in April 2014 and welcomes visitors and friends who are interested in Kashmir and would like to collaborate with us or simply to gather more information about the issue.
- The KDRC is a non-profit institute run by the ICHD International Council for Human Development and Kashmir Council EU, Brussels.
- The dispute over Kashmir and the human rights situation on the ground, have been keeping headlines in media and agendas of international political debates since the armed conflict over people’s rights to self-determination erupted in 1998.
- The object of the centre is to provide news, views and opinions, as well as background information on Kashmir. The KDRC aims to keep the awareness gained so far on the Kashmir dispute alive, and persist in providing input for the ongoing discourse on the plight and potential of the Kashmiri people and their future perspectives.
- The KDRC enables visitors to feel the pulse and evaluate the thoughts of the local people, opinion makers, intellectuals and human rights activists, and parliamentarians worldwide. The centre’s library includes reports, editorials by Kashmiri and international news agencies, DVDs, academic research by Asian and Western intellectuals, books, posters, petitions, photos, banners, reports from independent local civil society groups, arts, handicrafts, and literature on, and from, the region itself.
- The KDRC is a research and meeting centre for a variety of people, including students (University Leuven, Brussels, Leiden, Amsterdam, London, Nijmegen, Oslo, Berlin, Barcelona and the many other European institutes), MEPs, think-tanks, media, artists, etc. We offer a place to meet, discuss, watch films, study, conduct interviews.
- The KDRC welcomes and will organize interactions with international visitors from the area of concern (e.g. from Srinagar, Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Delhi), reports of fact-finding missions by European visitors to the region, and room for a passionate chat with tea or coffee.
- It’s not a static body, but the motor of dynamics for the ongoing awareness-raising and lobbying, a meeting point for friendship and solidarity.
Contact Point: Kashmir Documentation and Research Center (KDRC)