London, May 19 (KMS): On behalf of International Commission of Human Rights (ICHR) and South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR), Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl have expressed grave concern over the plight of the Kashmiri detainees languishing in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India.

Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl in a joint statement issued in London said that the prisoners were discriminated on the basis of their geography and religion. It seems that India has declared a war on the people of Kashmir and has eroded all established norms, they added.

They said the Indian government is using all the methods of coercion, oppression and arm twisting to crush the Kashmiri people’s resistance. It is an established fact that thousands of prisoners have been disappeared in custody, they stated.

Barrister Tramboo and Professor Shawl said the draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) are invariably invoked to deny freedom of expression and freedom of assembly to the people of occupied Kashmir. It also manifests that a proclaimed largest democracy is practising undemocratic methods, they said.

They said, “It is appalling that a large number of prisoners are arbitrarily detained and slapped with draconian laws. These include children, elderly people and the lone breadwinners. This is against Geneva Convention Declaration for prisoners. The majority of prisoners lodged in India and the territory are kept in inhuman conditions.”

They strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Masarrat Aalam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar and many others. They appealed to the international community and world human rights defenders to play their role in the release of the Kashmiri detainees.

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