Mirwaiz Farooq questions silence of rights bodies over Kashmiri inmates


SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) has questioned the silence of international and Indian rights organisations over the rights of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different jails.
Addressing the Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said, “It is unfortunate that none of the rights organizations have visited the various jails in J&K and across India where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged in dismal conditions despite repeated appeals by leadership and activists about their plight and the continued detention of hundreds despite completing their sentence.” 

The Hurriyat (G) chairman urged the UNHRC and other human rights organisations like Asia Watch, ICRC, and Amnesty International to “focus their attention on the grave misuse of state and military power against those with dissenting political beliefs and their inhuman treatment and prolonged detention in jails.”
Mirwaiz also urged them to use their good offices to ask New Delhi for release of all these detainees.
Later Mirwaiz tweeted, “100s of Kashmir’s political prisoners are languishing in jails across India and J&K. They are heeding the voice of their conscience and aspiring for the collective dream of self-determination. We express our solidarity to their indomitable spirit and demand their immediate freedom.”
He added that the state under its draconian laws, PSA and AFSPA has framed leaders, activists and youth in frivolous cases. “And continues to subject them to illegal detention for years and decades on, which is a travesty of justice,” Mirwaiz tweeted.