Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Mohd Ashraf Sehrai on Thursday said that plight of Kashmiri political detainees is deeply disturbing and a matter of serious concern for the leadership and the people of Kashmir. Strongly condemns ‘ill-treatment, solitary confinement’ of Asiya Andrabi, and her associates at Tihar Jail.
Sehrai appealed SHRC, Civil Society, Bar Association and human rights organisations to raise awareness of the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners and to strengthen the support of the international community for a solution to this issue. And look into the current situation and conditions of imprisonment of Kashmiris in prisons and detention facilities, including the situation of women and minors and discuss legal aspects of the arrests and detentions of Kashmiris by the Power.
while Expressing serious concern over the shifting of prisoners from J&K to outside jails, termed the move not only against the principles of morality and human rights but a blatant violation of the Supreme Court guidelines of the judiciary itself.
He (Sehrai) said that treatment meted out to Kashmiri detainees and undertrials right from the time they enter these jails is inhuman. He said that it is aimed not so much at physically torturing them but to break their will and determination and affect them psychologically. He said, the DeM chief is already suffering from multiple ailments and has been now kept in solitary confinement, which is nothing but a sheer political vendetta. The vengeful treatment to which they are subject to during detention includes off and on solitary confinement, unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food including deliberate manhandling at times.
We are appealing Indian and international human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Asia watch ICRC get a firsthand account of this pathetic situation of Kashmiri prisoners by on spot inspection of jails where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged to see themselves what they are going through and take up the matter with the Government to facilitate their release and shifting back to valley.