Published On: Thu, Sep 22nd, 2016

Cries of the Kashmiri people need to be heard, says Hollywood actress


A Hollywood actress spoke against the human rights abuses being carried out by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.SAN FRANCISCO: A Hollywood actress spoke against the human rights abuses being carried out by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

Actress Erica Derrickson has said that Indian forces are carrying out human rights violations in the region.

“The Indian military is oppressing, abusing, murdering, raping, torturing Kashmiri people. For over 70 days, there has been a curfew…they are not allowed to leave their homes without risk of death.”

Derrickson said that internet has been closed whereas communication is being limited and controlled. She added that people living in other countries cannot reach their families during this time.

“This is an awful time in Kashmir. I don’t profess understand all the history and situation but what I do understand is that this is wrong,” she said.

She recalled her story of having Kawah tea with a Kashmiri family who had sold her a carpet while she was visiting the region. She stated that all 13 members of the family were killed by the Indian military later.

She added that violence is not the answer to the crisis. Derrickson said that most of the casualties were people under the age of 18 years.

“The cries of the Kashmiri people need to be heard,” the actress stated.

Erica Derrickson is an award winning actress and photographer at the center of the growing film industry in New England, also known as Hollywood East. Erica’s film credits range from national blockbusters like “The Heat” in which she appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, to numerous leading roles in independent films like “Melt” and “Rafi Baby”, the latter of which was selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. As of 2014 she is co-producing and co-starring in Quiet Desperation, a popular unscripted documentary-style web series based in Boston, currently in its 5th season.

Off camera, Erica’s efforts remain focused on advancing her own career while also on helping those around her. She is the creator and moderator of Hollywood East Actors Group, a grassroots film organization she founded in 2012 to cultivate community within the growing the New England film industry. As of January 2014, HEA’s membership had risen to more than 7,000 people and is widely considered one of the premier film networking organizations in New England.

Erica works for herself professionally as a photographer specializing in headshots, catering to the acting and business community in Boston. Her photography studio is located in Charlestown, MA and doubles as the home of the popular New England Actors Workshop classes with instructor Richard C Bailey, with whom Erica is currently training in the Meisner technique.

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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