Khurram Parvez’s re-arrest in Kashmir illustrates draconian use of Public Safety Act

September 23, 2016
 Kashmir activist arrest highlights Indian detention law

The detention of a Kashmiri human rights defender on Wednesday, the day after a court had ordered his release from a previous arrest, has prompted concerns that Indian authorities have stepped up their use of laws that allow detention without trial.  Khurram Parvez was due to be released after being arrested a week earlier but has instead been moved to prison after the Jammu and Kashmir state government approved a Public Safety Act (PSA) order, which allows administrative detention without trial for up to six months.

On 22 September Zahid Rafiq reported for the Anadolu Agency “that his arrest added him to a quickly growing list of Kashmiris who have been given PSA orders since the protests against Indian rule, which have seen at least 88 killed by Indian forces and 9,000 injured, began in July“. Human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights watch have called the PSA law used to detain Parvez “draconian.” “Administrative detention laws such as the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act allow for people to be detained without charge or trial. These laws have often been used to hold individuals in arbitrary detention on vague grounds for long periods of time, ignoring regular criminal justice safeguards,” Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday. Amnesty said Parvez should be released or charged “with a recognizable criminal offence” and given a fair trial.

A day before he was first arrested on September 15 in Srinagar, Parvez was stopped in Delhi from boarding the flight to Geneva, where he was going to attend the 33rd session of U.N. Human Rights Commission. While monitoring general elections in 2004, Parvez’s vehicle was hit by a land mine and he lost his leg in the blast. In 2006, he was awarded with the Reebok Human Rights Award, an  international award for non-violent activism, which ceased to exist in that year.

One Response to “Khurram Parvez’s re-arrest in Kashmir illustrates draconian use of Public Safety Act”

  1. […] 23 September 2016 I reported on the arrest of  human rights defender Khurram Parvez […] in Jammu and Kashmir. A great many interventions by human rights NGOs focused on this case which […]

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