Richard Shapiro Banned From India For Academic Work On Kashmir

On Monday, November 8th, at 11 am, a group of more than 50 protested at San Francisco Consulate General of India against India's banning of Richard Shapiro. Statements were read attesting to the violations perpetrated by the indefinite ban placed on Professor Shapiro's travel to India and called for its revocation. Since 2006, Shapiro has regularly traveled to Kashmir, and interacted with various human rights defenders, scholars, and youth to bear witness and to learn from their experiences. When academics, writers, and journalists are banned, such actions speak to the intent of the Indian State in maintaining impunity, and in deliberately isolating Kashmiris from the world and the world from Kashmiris.

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