SRINAGAR: Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH), Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Monday expressed serious concern over “human rights violations in Kashmir”.
Expressing his concern over the “miserable plight” of political prisoners lodged in and outside Kashmir, a spokesperson quoting Sehrai in a statement said that “political prisoners for no reason are implicated in fake cases.”
Sehrai said laws like PSA were “invariably invoked to deny freedom of expression and freedom of assembly” to law abiding people.
Sehrai appealed the international agencies and organisations for human rights to “take cognizance of unabated arrests, re-arresting detainees” and to use their influence to check “lawlessness and violations of court orders in state”.
He said the “continued and illegal incarceration” of leaders, activists and youths and shifting of prisoners from Jammu and Kashmir to outside jails was “a blatant violation” of the Indian Supreme Court guidelines.
“The mass shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside prisons is being done clandestinely even without informing their respective families which has added to the miseries of the parents whose loved ones have been languishing in jails for their only crime of demanding Kashmir resolution,” the spokesperson said.
He further alleged that a large number of prisoners were arbitrarily detained and slapped with draconian laws, adding that this was against the Geneva Convention declaration for prisoners.
Terming the “frequent and prolonged incarcerations” of JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik as “travesty of justice”, Sehrai condemned his and demanded his immediate release, the spokesperson added.