SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday said Kashmiris prisoners are facing “worst apathy” in J&K and outside state jails.
“Torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and humiliating their visitors have become a common practice of authorities in jails,” Malik said in a statement.
He said India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners was supposed to adhere to the international law “but contrary to this, India is employing every oppressive means to inflict more and more harm to these inmates and suppressing them ruthlessly”.
He said repeatedly slapping PSAs, “employing police tactics to prolong incarceration of prisoners, using agencies like NIA, ED to put Kashmiris in Indian jails, shifting lifers and other detainees from Kashmiri jails to jails in Jammu, denying proper medical facilities to inmates… have become a new normal in Jammu Kashmir and it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organisations and civil society to take note of this, and intervene to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience and use their good offices to get them released from incarceration,” JKLF chief said.
Meanwhile, a statement issued here said that on the call of joint resistance leadership (JRL), JKLF leaders and activists staged a peaceful protest against “unrelenting oppression” on Kashmiri prisoners.