UN rights chief’s statement ‘a ray of hope’: JRL Expresses concern over ‘inhuman treatment’ of Kashmiri prisoners

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has hailed the statement by the newly appointed High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights Commission, Michelle Bachelet, terming it “a ray of hope for all the destitute people facing the brunt of human rights violations at the hands of occupation forces in almost all conflict zones of the world”.

In a statement issued to GNS, the JRL expressed grave concern over the “deteriorating health condition and the inhuman treatment meted out to the prisoners languishing in different jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Our prisoners face the wrath of communal frenzy at the hands of fascist jail authorities,” the leadership said.

“Incarcerating a person and keeping him in solitude within the four walls of a prison, away from his children, parents and other family members, is itself a heart wrenching punishment, yet the Indian jail authorities do not look satisfied until they abuse and humiliate the prisoners of conscience belonging to the movement for right to self-determination,” the JRL alleged in the statement.

Paying rich tributes to the “unwavering commitment and resolve” of the incarcerated leaders in Tihar Jail, which include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Yousuf, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Aslam Wani and Zahoor Ahmad Watali, the JRL said, “All these leaders and activists have been victimized on fabricated and fictitious allegations levelled by the NIA and ED.”

The JRL “reiterated its commitment not to surrender before any pressure” and castigated agencies for what it termed as sinister designs of character assassination of the resistance leadership.

The leadership also saluted the resolve of incarcerated leaders and activists including Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Muzafar Ahmad Dar, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Manzoor Ahmad, Ab. Gani Bhat, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Sarjan Barkati, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Gh. Mohammad Khan Sopori, Farooq Tawheedi, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Asadullah Parray, Umar Aadil Dar, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Hakeem Showkat, Siraj-ud-din, Ab Rashir Magloo and others.

The JRL has made a fervent appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and all other human rights organizations of the world to take a serious note of the “gross violations of human rights by forces in Jammu and Kashmir especially with reference to prisoners of conscience”. (GNS)

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