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As per the latest press release from the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), Khurram Parvez continues to be illegally detained by security forces. And while showing courage and good spirits, he is denied basic special needs, disability-friendly facilities, with official requests for the same being inhumanely ignored by jail authorities. This is all in addition to the horrible conditions of the jail itself and ill-treatment of other inmates, an issue that Khurram expressed deep concern for.
According to the JKCCS press release: “The jail is overcrowded due to the state’s continuing violent crackdown on the civilian population, in which by some estimates more than 5000 cases of breach of ‘public disorder’ have been registered in the last 70 days of anti-India protests. The jail currently houses about 105 prisoners, though its capacity is only 50-60. According to Khurram, a considerable number of detainees are political prisoners and protestors, including minors. Khurram’s detention draws attention to the context of widespread and systematic state repression of all forms of dissent in Kashmir and widespread use of arbitrary arrests and detentions of civilians in Kashmir.”
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All this means that we need to keep the pressure up – please spread the word about this petition and help put pressure on the Indian government to release Khurram Parvez!
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A serious and urgent matter has come up.

On September 15th, 2016, prominent human rights lawyer and activist, Khurram Parvez, program coordinator with the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), was detained by state security forces in India-occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The next day he was taken to Kupwara sub-jail, and there is a very immediate and deadly serious concern for his safety and well being.

The Indian state security and military apparatus currently occupying Jammu & Kashmir (one of the densest, highly militarized zones in the world) is known to “disappear” human rights activists and other people in Kashmir utilizing fake encounters, torture, extrajudicial killings, and fake “missing person” reports. Khurram Parvez – who has fought for human rights and has a long history of highlighting human rights violations by the Indian state – is in danger at the hands of the state’s security forces. Thus this matter is of immediate importance.

Solidarity Kashmir calls on all justice-loving people who wish to stand for human rights in Kashmir and around the world, to sign the petition below and forward it far and wide!

https://www.change.org/p/solidarity-kashmir-pres-obama-demand-india-release-human-rights-lawyer-khurram-parvez-in-jammu-kashmir