Sehrai urges rights bodies to send teams to visit IOK jails » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has expressed deep concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained resistance leaders in jails and the ongoing arrest spree in south Kashmir.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said the inmates languishing in various Indian jails are mostly political prisoners and entitled to every prisoners’ rights but they are subjected to inhuman treatment by the prison authorities.

He said the pro-freedom leaders and activists, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ghani Butt, Muhammad Amin Ahanger, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, Nazir Ahmed Mantoo, Javed Ahmed, Muhammad Hussain Wagay, Ghulam Muhammad Misgar, Nasir Abdullah, Bashir Ahmed Butt, Abdul Ahad Teli, Abdul Ahad Mir, Danish Mushtaq, Muhammad Yasin Tantray, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Abdul Lateef Dar, Mushtaq Hurra and others who have been languishing in various jails within and outside the valley facing tremendous hardships due to which their health is deteriorating with each passing day.

Even the prescribed jail manuals have not been fallowed and no proper medical facilities are available to them, he added. Sehrai said the jail authorities have made the life of Kashmiri prisoners miserable. “The behavior of the jail authorities is always aggressive towards them and even basic facilities are denied to them.” He said the authorities are not only violating the international covenants but also the fundamental and constitutional rights of these prisoners.

The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman said that India was itself tarnishing the image of its own so-called democracy by not respecting the international prisoners’ rights, but these tactics will not deter Kashmiris in anyway. He said, it is unfortunate that despite frequent appeals that none of rights organizations have visited jails in J&K and India where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged in dismal and in pathetic conditions.

Sehrai urged the world bodies and international organisations fighting for the prisoners’ justice to visit the jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir where prisoners are lodged and to put pressure on India to release the inmates.

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