J&K Police arrests human rights activist Khurram Parvez


Noted human rights defender, Khurram Parvez, was arrested and detained and has not been provided with any written document, court order or the reasons for his detentionNoted human rights defender, Khurram Parvez, was arrested and detained on Thursday night, Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), an amalgam of different human rights organisations, said.
“He has been detained, without formal arrest or notifications, and in violation of his rights to information, and legal counsel. He has not been provided with any written document, court order or the reasons for his detention,” Parvez Imroz, president, JKCCS, said.

His arrest follows his detention on September 14 at the New Delhi international airport. Following which, he was barred from travelling to Geneva, Switzerland.

Khurram Parvez is the Programme Coordinator of JKCCS and its spokesperson, and Chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, a collective of 13 non-governmental organisations from ten Asian countries that campaign on the issue of enforced disappearances.

Khurram Parvez was scheduled to attend the 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on present Kashmir situation.

At least 80 civilians have been killed and over 10,000 injured, by government forces firing bullets and pellets at stone and rock-throwing protesters. Police says two policemen have been killed and 4000 government forces have been injured in the clashes.

A prolonged curfew, communication blackouts including internet blockade and everyday crackdown have failed to stop pro-Azadi protests and processions in Kashmir. The separatists are giving prolonged strike calls.

The protests after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffer Wani on July 8.

Khurram Parvez is presently detained at the Kothi Bagh Police Station in Srinagar.

“The unlawful detention of Khurram Parvez is a violation of internationally recognised and non-derogable civil and political rights, and India’s own constitutional guarantees. It is a clear indication of reprisal, an attempt to intimidate and restrain Khurram Parvez and his human rights work. In doing so, it seeks to isolate him and silence the critical concerns of Kashmir from being heard by the international community,” the JKCCS said.

“Unlawful arrests have been consistently used by the Indian state in Jammu and Kashmir to repress all space for dissent. Tellingly, the action on Khurram Parvez closely follows India’s rejection of the UN High Commissioner’s request for access to Jammu and Kashmir for a UN fact-finding mission,” the JKCCS said.

JKCCS said an urgent appeal has been sent by JKCCS to the President of the UN Human Rights Council, UN High Commissioner, and Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Counsel, including the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

“The unlawful arrest and detention of Khurram Parvez is a threat to the principles that Khurram Parvez so courageously represents through his long-standing human rights work in Indian-administered Kashmir: of truth, justice, equality and fundamental rights and freedoms. Khurram Parvez must be released immediately and his rights and freedoms restored,” the JKCCS said.

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