India arrests distinguished Kashmir rights activist

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SRINAGAR: India’s prime anti-terrorism investigation company on Monday arrested a distinguished human rights activist from the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) throughout a raid at his dwelling and workplace, his spouse mentioned.

Personnel from the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) arrested Khurram Parvez in the principle metropolis of Srinagar, his spouse Samina advised AFP. In addition they confiscated Parvez’s cell phone, laptop computer and a few books, alongside together with her cellphone.

“They mentioned it’s a case of ‘terror funding’,” she mentioned.

Parvez, 42, is the programme coordinator for a broadly revered rights group within the disputed territory, the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), and chairperson of the Asian Federation Towards Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).

The NIA didn’t instantly difficulty a press release concerning the arrest or raids, however an arrest warrant seen by AFP reveals that Parvez was arrested underneath numerous sections of the Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA).

“I’m listening to disturbing reviews that Khurram Parvez was arrested right this moment in Kashmir & is liable to being charged by authorities in #India with terrorism-related crimes,” tweeted Mary Lawlor, the UN particular rapporteur on human rights defenders.

“He’s not a terrorist, he’s a Human Rights Defender.”

NIA officers searched the JKCCS workplaces for greater than 14 hours.

The NIA additionally raided Parvez’s dwelling and workplace in October final yr, seizing analysis supplies, telephones and laptop onerous drives.

The rights group has monitored violence within the area for greater than three many years and has uncovered rights violations by Indian authorities forces together with torture, extra-judicial killings and unmarked mass graves in quite a few reviews.

Final week, it criticised safety forces for killing civilians throughout a controversial shootout with freedom fighters in Srinagar whose our bodies have been hurriedly buried by Indian police in a distant graveyard with out their households current.

Following an outcry and protests by the households of three of the victims, authorities exhumed two of the our bodies and returned them to their households.

A minimum of 2,300 folks have been arrested underneath the UAPA — a vaguely worded regulation that successfully permits folks to be held with out trial indefinitely — within the Indian-controlled territory since 2019 when New Delhi cancelled the area’s partial autonomy and introduced it underneath direct rule.

Nearly half of them are nonetheless in jail, and convictions underneath the regulation are very uncommon.

Over the past couple of years, pressure has steadily risen within the extremely militarised territory that can be claimed by Pakistan, which controls part of it.

The Himalayan area was divided between the arch-rivals throughout their first conflict over its management quickly after independence in 1947.

Since 1989, insurgent teams have fought some 500,000 Indian troopers deployed within the territory, demanding independence or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of 1000’s of civilians, troopers and rebels have died within the battle thus far.