Srinagar: Although international human rights bodies condemn the arrest of Kashmir-based human rights activist Khurram Parvez and call for his “immediate release”, Khurram was placed in judicial detention for three weeks and transferred to Tihar prison on Saturday. .
Parvaiz’s wife Sameena Mir told Free Press Kashmir that Khurram was taken to court yesterday.
“He was placed in judicial detention until December 23 and transferred to Tihar prison,” Sameena said.
On November 22, the National Investigation Agency raided Khurram’s home and took his phone, laptop and books from his office, then arrested him.
After his official arrest, criticism from around the world, including from the Rafto Foundation, the UN Special Rapporteur, Amnesty International and the Geneva-based World Organization Against Torture, poured in.
Amnesty International, referring to Khurram’s arrest, said the Indian authorities had abused the “anti-terrorism law”.
“I hear disturbing reports that Khurram Parvez was arrested on November 22 in Kashmir and is at risk of being charged by Indian authorities with terrorism-related crimes. He’s not a terrorist, he’s a human rights defender, ”said Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, in a tweet.
The Rafto Foundation, an organization working for the global promotion of human rights, issued a statement demanding to “immediately release Mr. Parvez”, who was working as the program coordinator of the Jammu Civil Society Coalition. and Kashmir (JKCCS) and Chairman of the Asian Federation Council Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).
“We observe with regret that the Indian government intimidates citizens who work to secure the values and standards enshrined both in the Indian Constitution and in international treaties ratified by the government itself. We call on the Indian authorities to respect Mr. Parvez’s habeas corpus rights and to release him without delay, ”said Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, director of the Rafto Foundation, in a statement.