Silence of international community on Kashmir unfortunate: Mirwaiz

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/10/2017 11:30:40 PM

SRINAGAR, Nov 10: Hurrriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said the silence of international community towards plight of “Kashmiri prisoners” is unfortunate.
Addressing a Friday congregational at Jamia Masjid here, he said the information received from jails regarding the plight of detainees is deeply disturbing and a matter of serious concern for the leadership and the people of Kashmir.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said the treatment meted out to Kashmiri detainees and under trials lodged particularly in Jammu Central Jail Kot Bhalwal, Kathua and Tihar jail right from the time they enter these jails is deliberately inhuman. He said that it is aimed at not so much at physically torturing them but to break their will and determination and affect them psychologically.
“These detainees are not criminals but political prisoners who are being subject to detention for their political convictions and outlook and dealing with them inhumanly is not only a violation of the Geneva conventions of the rights and dignity of prisoners but even against basic human practices and ethics,” he said.
Mirwaiz added that the vengeful treatment to which they are subject to during detention includes off and on solitary confinement, manhandling of leadership by dreaded criminals posing a grave threat to their lives, unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food including only pulses provided to them.
Mirwaiz said that even the visitors and relatives who come to see them in jail are also deliberately harassed and tormented by the authorities. All this is done in complete violation of the jail manual which lays emphasis on the honour and dignity of prisoners, he said.



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