Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) headed by incarcerated chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reiterated its call to release all political prisoners in jails in J&K and elsewhere in India.
APHC, in a statement to Kashmir News Trust, said that thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders and activists , young boys, journalists, lawyers, traders and ordinary Kashmiris are languishing in jails in J&K or outside such as Tihar, Agra, Kotbalwal, Jodhpur, Amphala and Haryana on fictitious charges. Neither are they being tried in courts nor are any legal proceedings initiated. Their arbitrary detention is just being prolonged. Many among the prisoners are those who are being detained even after serving their sentences.
“The mental and physical condition of many among the prisoners is a matter of concern, while the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus in cramped up spaces of jails is a constant fear among the prisoners and their families,” the statement said.
APHC said that all political prisoners should be released including those under arbitrary house detentions.
It also appealed to human rights groups, civil society members and legal fraternity both in India and outside to raise their voice against these targeted detentions.
APHC said the atmosphere of fear, intimidation, unaccountability and uncertainty pervades every sphere of life in J&K to silence dissent and demands. “In such a situation, one has to be patient but not lose hope.”
APHC said that it stands firm on its principles and rights of the people of J&K.
It also demanded the immediate release of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is under house arrest since August last year.
It said that most newspapers do not carry its statements to the public which is very unfortunate. KNT