Rights bodies urged to play role in release of IIOJK detainees

Srinagar, May 24 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Front (KFF) and Jammu and Kashmir National Front have expressed serious concern over the continued cordon and search operations, killings and arrest of youth in the territory.

A JKFF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar urged world human rights bodies to take notice of the worst situation of Kashmir. He said that these atrocities are being committed to suppress Kashmiri voices but the oppressors while committing these inhuman acts are forgetting the historical fact that freedom movements of nations never get suppressed by these kinds of tyrannies.

He said that Kashmiris would never tolerate the killing spree, atrocities and will keep protesting against these undemocratic and inhuman acts. He paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth, recently killed by the Indian troops in Srinagar and reiterated to continue the freedom struggle till its logical conclusion.

The spokesman also condemned the continued unlawful detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists and appealed to the international human rights organisations including the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of Red Cross to take cognizance of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees and impress upon New Delhi to release them forthwith.

Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF) spokesman Shafiq-ur-Rehman in a statement expressed serious concern over the stepped-up human rights violations by Indian forces in IIOJK. He said that the Indian forces were harassing and arresting innocent people on one pretext or the other and put them in jails in far-flung areas of India. Urging world human rights bodies to take immediate notice of the worsening political and human rights situation in the region he said that Indian state terrorism has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent people who were forced to live in a state to constant fear of being killed, harassed and humiliated by the occupation forces deployed at every nook and cranny of the state.

Condemning occupation authorities’ attempts to bring material change in the region, the spokesman said that the authorities have illegally granted domicile and PRCs to tens of thousands of non-state subjects since 5thAugust 2019. Terming it as a grand conspiracy to change demographic complexion of the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir he said that the move was a flagrant violation of the international law and the UNSC resolutions. The spokesman also took exception to the continued detention of senior Kashmiri journalist Asif Sultan who has been languishing in jails since 2018.

Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Secretary Information Shabbir Ahmad in a statement urged the international community to hold India responsible for the ongoing rights violations in the occupied territory. He said that India is using draconian laws to suppress the Kashmiris’ voice for freedom.

The Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir (IFJHRJK), Muhammad Ahsan Untoo  in a statement issued in Srinagar urged upon the Indian authorities to release the prisoners and jailed convicts on parole in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He demanded that prisoners, especially the prisoners convicted for life, should be released on humanitarian grounds. He added, most of the convicts are aged and suffering from multiple ailments inside prisons and thus are exposed to the COVID 19 disease.

He said, in absence of the existing healthcare system, it becomes amply clear that jail authorities are not in a position to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of COVID infected cases of Kashmiri prisoners- most of whom have been booked under frivolous charges.`

“The recent death of senor APHC leader, Ashraf Sehrai proves this fact. He was suffering from illness and died under custody as jail authorities failed to provide any treatment to him. Ahsan Untoo added.

The detainees included Nazir Ahmad Shaikh, Muhammad Ayoub Mir, Mehmood Topiwala, Feroze Ahmad Buttt, Parvaiz Ahmad Mir, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, Masarat Alam Butt, Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Butt and Showkat Ahmad facing illegal detentions since decades.


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