58 global bodies demand release of journalists detained in IIOJ&K

APHC demands visit by joint team of UN, rights bodies to Kashmiri prisoners in jails

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Fifty-eight global rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, Community to Protect Journalists and International Press Institute, urged the Governor of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), to release the incarcerated Kashmiri journalists Fahad Shah, Asif Sultan, Sajad Gul and Manan Gulzar.

In a joint statement, the press freedom organizations, human rights organizations, stressed the immediate release of Fahad Shah, editor of the online news portal The Kashmir Walla, from jail, and the withdrawal of all police investigations launched into his journalistic work.

It is noted that In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir; incarcerated senior APHC leaders Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan have urged the United Nations and world major powers to play their part in mitigating the sufferings of the Kashmiri people in the territory.

In their messages from New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail, they said India’s racist regime whose hands are soaked with the blood of innocent Kashmiris is hell-bent on stifling every voice of dissent.

Meanwhile, India’s notorious National Investigation Agency backed by the personnel of the Indian army, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and police raided on, at least, a dozen places in the Kashmir valley including Srinagar, Kupwara, Baramulla, Islamabad, Kulgam and Pulwama districts.

On the other hand, Fifty-eight global human rights and journalist bodies, including Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders through a letter urged the Indian authorities to release the incarcerated Kashmiri journalists; Fahad Shah, Asif Sultan, Sajad Gul and Manan Gulzar.

The letter, addressed to the New Delhi-appointed Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, called for the withdrawal of all police investigations against the journalists. In a statement, the APHC spokesman said that the Hurriyat Chairman Masarrat Aalam Butt, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Aasiya Andrabi among thousands of other illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists are suffering from multiple ailments due to non-provision of proper medical treatment.

He termed the criminal apathy meted out to the ailing Kashmiri prisoners by the Indian fascist regime as a brazen violation of prisoners’ rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10th December 1948.

Meanwhile, massive protests broke out in Badgam district, today, after an Indian army officer burnt down the photographs of slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in the Magam area of the district.

Locals came out of their houses while shopkeepers downed their shutters and staged protests against the Indian army.

Indian troops fired bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

On the other hand, Karnataka police have started profiling Kashmiri students studying in different colleges in the southern Indian state.

Police have directed all colleges to provide personal details of the Kashmiri students including their name, present and permanent address, e-mail, and mobile number.

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