ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan welcoming the letter of the European Parliament’s global human rights subcommittee to the Indian government about massive human rights violations described the move as a charge sheet against the Indian Home Minister Amit Shah.
“The Indian government is brazenly using anti-terrorism law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to curb the civil liberties and intimidate the human rights defenders within India and in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
Commenting on the letter written by the sub committee’s chairperson Maria Arena to the Indian home minister, he said that the arrest of two human rights activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde, under the UAPA, is proof that the Modi regime considers human rights activists as terrorists.
Maria Arena, chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights had expressed serious concerns over violations of human rights in India, and said that it is alarming and condemnable that those raising their voice for the rights of the most marginalized communities, and protesting against the new citizenship laws of India, are being portrayed as terrorists.
Maria Arena said that in recent days, the human rights activists Safoora Zardar, Gulfishan Fatima, Khalid Saifi, Miran Haider, Shifaur Rehman, Dr Kafeel Khan, Asif Iqbal and Sharjeel Imam have also been arrested under the UAPA law.
The EP body while expressing concern over the plight of prisoners of conscience languishing in prisons amidst novel coronavirus, urged the Indian government to immediately release them as part of overall efforts to contain the outbreak.