Srinagar, April 21, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has slammed the prolonged detention of TeH leader from Sopore, Abdul Ghani Butt. Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said, since 2016 public uprising, the authorities have continuously imprisoned him and slapped back-to-back draconian Public Safety Acts despite court has ordered his release.
“The authorities imprison Kashmiris and prolong their detention for political beliefs and dissent, and the authorities define them as criminals or threat to state and never does formally acknowledge holding political prisoners within its prison system,” he said, adding, “The administration is practicing all the methods of coercion, oppression and arm twisting to crush the people’s resistance by jailing them. The draconian laws like PSA and AFSPA are invariably invoked to deny freedom of expression and freedom of demand of political rights.”
While expressing his concern over the unabated use of detention, he said that despite being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on political prisoners India is in breach of its international obligations by excessively relying on administrative detention. Sehrai also expressed concern over the deteriorating health of wife of incarcerated Abdul Ghani Butt and demanded his immediate release.
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