APHC condemns state villification campaign against Mirwaiz


Srinagar—APHC has strongly condemned the government for extension upto 17th October in the judicial custody, illegal detention and solitary confinement of its chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq. Since 26th August Mirwaiz has been lodged at a sub jail in Chesmashahi.
Before that he was placed under house arrest for two months from July 8, 2016. APHC demands his immediate release from detention. Aphc spokesman said repeated and arbitrary curbs and detention of the Mirwaiz is highly regrettable.
As the Mirwaiz of the state it has prevented him from discharging his religious obligations and dawaa and social work . For the past 25 years at the whim and will of the state he is repeatedly prevented from offering Friday prayers and delivering Friday sermons . he is not allowed to address religious ( tableege) congregations and majlis across the state to which he is invited as Mirwaiz. For the past six years he has not been allowed to attend Eid prayers and Eid ijtima.
As a political leader his political activities and out reach to people is curbed by force. Ahead of any political rally ,gathering ,or assembly a posse of armed state forces are placed outside his home and he is prevented from moving out. He is under constant surveillance and even those who come to meet him are tagged . His passport has been impounded for many years now to prevent him from attending religious and political conferences and highlighting the Kashmir issue globally. Simultaneously there is a constant and concerted effort to vilify him. Such oppressive measures by the state ,the spokesman said ,are blatant violation of international human rights laws safeguarding human rights of each person .They are attempts to harass him and prevent him by force from his basic right of pursuing his principled stand, of seeking justice and freedom for his nation. such actions belie the democratic credentials of the establishment that it claims to have.—Email

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