Srinagar: Noted human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who was last week jailed under Public Safety Act and immediately shifted to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu, is continuously receiving international solidarity as rights activists around the globe demand his immediate release.
Parvez is programme coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and chairperson of Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).
The Euro-Mediterranean Federation against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED), a Paris-based organisation with 26 member associations from 12 countries, sent a letter to the Indian embassy in Paris via electronic mail. The FEMED expressed concern on the situation of human rights defenders in India, especially on Khurram’s illegal detention under PSA and his transfer to the prison in Jammu region. The FEMED called it “a clear attempt to isolate Khurram Parvez, a well-known Human Rights Defender and Chairperson of AFAD, from his family and from legal assistance, constituting a clear threat to his integrity and physical security”. The FEMED demanded immediate release of Parvez. Earlier, letters were also sent to Indian embassies in Argentina, Chile and in other Latin American countries, a JKCCS press release said on Friday.
A protest rally was also organised outside the Indian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Two leading human rights organisations, Kontras and IKOHI of Indonesia, held a protest rally outside the Indian consulate in Jakarta and sought immediate release of the JKCCS coordinator.
Defence for Human Rights (a Pakistan-based rights organisation) held a protest demonstration “Against Indian Brutality in Jammu & Kashmir” outside the National Press Club, Islamabad. Students, activists and DHR members attended the protest. Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a member of the National Assembly representing minorities, also joined the protest. The demonstrators carrying banners and placards of Khurram Parvez raised slogans of his immediate release. Defence for Human Rights Pakistan is a member organisation of Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances.
In another event at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on September 29, a joint protest was organised by People’s Union for Democratic Rights against the brutal violation of democratic rights and civil liberties in Kashmir and Chhattisgarh. The protestors demanded immediate release of Khurram Parvez and others arrested in Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh.
The press release said that the JKCCS maintains Khurram’s detention “is a retaliatory measure against his courageous work in unearthing human rights abuses in Jammu Kashmir, the world’s most militarised zone.” His illegal detention is part of the recent escalation of repressive measures, including nocturnal raids, arbitrary arrests and administrative detentions taken by the state in Jammu Kashmir to quell the ongoing mass anti-India uprising.