APHC seeks immediate release of Mirwaiz and other political detainees in J&K

wilayattimes (Jammu and Kashmir)

Srinagar | WTNS | October 08:All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) headed by incarcerated chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reiterated its call to release all political prisoners in jails in J&K and elsewhere in India.

In a Statement to Wilayat Times,APHC said that thousands  of Kashmiris are languishing in jails including Hurriyat leaders and activists , young boys , journalists lawyers and traders and ordinary Kashmiris on one fictitious charge or other  be it Jails in J&K or outside such as Tihar ,Agra ,Kotbalwal, Jodhpur, Amphalla, Haryana Jails . Neither are they being tried in courts nor any legal proceedings initiated. Their arbitrary detention is just being prolonged. Many among the prisoners are those who are being detained even after serving their sentences.

The mental and physical condition of many among the prisoners is a matter of concern, while the fear of contracting the Covid 19 virus in cramped up spaces of jail is a constant fear among the prisoners and their families.

APHC said that all political prisoners should be released including those under arbitrary house detentions. It appealed to human rights groups, civil society member’s legal fraternity both in India and outside to raise its voice against these targeted detentions

APHC said the atmosphere of fear intimidation unaccountability and uncertainty pervades every sphere of life in J&K to silence dissent and demands . In such a situation one has to be patient but not lose hope.

APHC said that it stands firm on its principles and rights of the people of J&K.

APHC also demanded the immediate release of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is under house arrest since August last year.

It said that most newspapers do not carry its statements to the public which is very unfortunate.