Khurram Detention: JKCCS releases ‘Peoples’ Dossier’

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Khurram Parvez being shifted to Kotbalwal jail on Sep 21, 2016 late night.

Khurram Parvez being shifted to Kotbalwal jail on Sep 21, 2016 late night.

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) Wednesday released the ‘People’s Dossier’ on the continued arrest of human rights activist Khurram Parvez.

Khurram was arrested early on September 16, after being stopped at the New Delhi international airport from travelling to Geneva for the 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session. Following his initial arrest and detention being quashed by the Sessions Court, Srinagar, he was re-arrested and is presently detained at Kot Bhalwal Jail Jammu under PSA for being a threat to “public order”. The petition challenging his unlawful detention is listed before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Srinagar, for November 15. The State is yet to file any response to the petition, thereby causing further delay in proceedings, a statement issued by JKCCS said.

“It is ironic, that a man who has so courageously raised his voice against human rights abuses by the Indian state, is now a victim of the very same lawlessness, held without trial under a law whose injustice he is to a great extent responsible for illuminating,” the statement said. “The arrest of Khurram Parvez, is a silencing not just of his voice, but has a chilling effect on all those who speak for the voiceless in Kashmir, jeopardizing the work and space he and others have carefully crafted over years against the forces of fear and repression.”

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