According to the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), Khurram Parvez has now been in police custody for 16 hours without charge, certainly without having committed a crime, & is being denied access to lawyers. Human rights organizations & activists around the world echo the alarm of JKCCS & are sending messages of concern.
Khurram is a leading human rights activist in Kashmir. He is program coordinator of JKCCS which has brilliantly documented human rights crimes by the occupying army, particularly disappearances & mass graves for thousands of Kashmiris. He is also chairperson of the Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).
For India to arrest him so boldly without cause must be condemned & opposed. The Intention in arresting such a prominent & uncompromising human rights figure is certainly to send a message to Kashmiri activists that no one is beyond the scope of their gulag justice. If he is not released soon, there will certainly be an international campaign demanding his immediate, unconditional release.
The linked article is the press statement by JKCCS on Khurram’s arrest. Please circulate it widely.