SRINAGAR: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Saturday condemned the “unlawful” detention and arrest of human rights defender Khurram Parvez.
Khurram was to travel to Geneva to attend the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council to brief them on the human rights violations committed by the government forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
Parveena Ahangar, chairperson of APDP, said that this illustrates the “strident and manipulative Indian state policy by which they continue to deny our truth and impose their lies”.
“Not only do they commit atrocities but they also want to hide them from the International community,” she said in a statement issued here.
“We demand that Khurram Parvez be released immediately. We also demand that the people of Kashmir should be allowed to protest and express their demands for justice and self-determination without fear of reprisal or intimidation.”
Thousands of political prisoners who are being harassed and have been slapped with the draconian PSA are released and the draconian PSA be withdrawn, Parveena demanded.
She expressed anguish at the current spate of violence and “brutality unleashed on the people” of Kashmir.
“We at APDP understand the pain and grief of the affected families their loss is irreparable,” she said.
She said the APDP “salutes” the people of Kashmir for showing “immense courage and resilience”, as they continue their valiant resistance against the “gigantic state machinery”.
“The entire population is under siege. We are being intimated and harassed as curfew is being enforced and all communication channels blocked.
“Hospitals are attacked and ambulance drivers beaten. Our journalists and photographers are being attacked. Armed forces are forcibly entering our homes, humiliating us, beating us brutally and targeting our assets.
“On the most auspicious occasion of Eid ul Azha we were forced to stay indoors and could not even participate in congregational prayers,” she said.
The APDP appealed to the international and the Indian civil society and human rights community to respond to this “brutality” and put pressure on the India to allow the ONHCR fact-finding mission to visit Kashmir and assess the current situation.
“As we continue to face state repression and the impossibility of justice, it becomes imperative that an international mechanism be set up to investigate human rights violations which include enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, firing on unarmed protestors, torture, sexual violence, and unknown and mass graves,” she said.