Free Khurram Parvez!

Submitted by AWL on 1 December, 2021 - 9:34
Khurram Parvez

Since the Modi regime suppressed the autonomy of (and broke up) the Muslim-majority Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, the repression there has been unrelenting.

On 22 November Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez was arrested. India’s National Investigation Agency raided his home and the office of his organisation, the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), seizing his mobile, laptop and some books, plus his wife’s mobile.

Last week the JKCCS condemned the killing of three civilians in Srinigar. As it repression and atrocities mount, Indian government is trying to silence and scare into silence of defenders of human rights in Kashmir.

Predictably Parvez is being accused of connections to Islamist terrorism. His arrest was under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which allows Indian authorities to detain people without producing evidence and keep them in prison by setting unmeetable bail requirements. In the wake of the farmers’ victory, Indian activists have made repeal of the UAPA one of their key demands.

Free Khurram Parvez and all human rights defenders! Stop the repression in Kashmir!

• Petition to free Parvez here


Submitted by AWL on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 18:59

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