SRINAGAR: On behalf of International Commission of Human Rights (ICHR) and South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl have expressed grave concern over the Kashmiri prisoners languishing in Indian jails and interrogation centres.
In a joint statement issued here, Tramboo and Shawl said, “The prisoners are discriminated on the basis of their geography, religion and relationship. It seems government of India has declared a war on the people of Jammu and Kashmir and has eroded all established norms. Kashmiris seem to be punished for demanding their legitimate basic rights.”
“The Indian administration is practising all the methods of coercion, oppression and arm twisting to crush the people’s resistance. It is an established fact that thousands of prisoners have disappeared in custody. Most of the prisoners are illegally detained and even when justice seems to have been done; it is undone under a revolving door policy,” they said.
They said the draconian laws like PSA and AFSPA are invariably invoked to deny freedom of expression and freedom of assembly to people who are law abiding citizens. “It also manifests that a proclaimed largest democracy is practising undemocratic methods. 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 the Geneva Convention declaration for prisoners. Majority of prisoners lodged in state and outside prisons are kept in inhuman conditions.”
Condemning the continued detention of Shabir Ahmed Shah, Masarat Alam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Aasiya Andrabi and many others, Tramboo and Shawl said a “pathetic” case about the detention of a Hurriyat activist Manzoor Ahmed Khan has come to their notice. “He (Khan) has already spent twelve years in detention. He was released in 2015 but was rearrested in 2016 and is in Srinagar central jail. He deserves immediate relief even on humanitarian grounds. His mother is on the death bed and he is the lone carrier. Why he is not being released is a mystery.”
“We demand the immediate release of all the prisoners implicated in different concocted cases. We appeal to international community and international human rights defenders to come forward and raise their voice for the suffering humanity,” they said.