Wrongfully Detained UN Human Rights Speaker Must be Released

kashmir global

Target: Director of Indian Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma

Goal: Release Khurram Parvez from wrongful detainment.

A prominent human rights activist, chairman of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), and program coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) was detained in his home on Thursday, September 15th after being barred from a flight bound for Switzerland. Though he has a valid visa and a letter of invitation to attend a UN Human Rights Council meeting, Mr. Khurram Parvez was still banned from a New Dehli international plane headed for Geneva. The next day he was detained by police in his home, which is located in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.

Police told Mr. Parvez that they were under orders by the Intelligence Bureau to bar him from leaving for Geneva. This comes on the heels of near-daily protests against Indian rule in Kashmir since the July 8th killing of a separatist commander by Indian soldiers. Since that time, 82 people have been killed and over 11,000 injured in clashes with Indian forces.

Khurram Parvez has a history of highlighting human rights abuses by the Indian government, including research for a 2009 report on the discovery of thousands of unmarked graves in Kashmir. As such, he was invited by the UN to speak on Indian human rights abuses against the Kashmiri people. Banning him from travel and detaining him without reason or charges are clearly attempts to silence Mr. Parvez and make the Indian government look guilty. He must be released and allowed to attend the UN Human Rights Council.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sharma,

Prominent Kashmiri activist Khurram Parvez was recently detained by police in his home in Srinagar after being banned from leaving the New Delhi International Airport to attend a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Authorities have stated that they were under orders by the Intelligence Bureau to bar him from boarding the plane. It is doubtful that he was not detained by police under orders by the Bureau as well. He was not given a reason for his detention, but it seems obvious that he is being held for speaking out against the human rights violations against the Kashmiri people by the state of India.

As the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, we ask that you release Mr. Parvez. Holding him without a stated reason or due process is a direct violation of his human rights and is cause for great alarm. He has a valid visa and a letter of invitation from the UN. We urge you to release this activist immediately and allow him to go to Geneva as there are no legal reasons for his detention. Doing so would be an act of goodwill towards Kashmir.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kashmir Global

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