Turkey must uphold fair trial rights in the case…
We believe that Turkey must uphold the right to a fair trial for those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi.
The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi.
We’re concerned about the travel restrictions imposed on human rights defender Khurram Parvez.
Mr Parvez is chair of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and programme coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society in India.
He was due to take a flight to Geneva on 14 September 2016 where he was scheduled to attend the UN Human Rights Council.
Mr Parvez was also going to present a report on alleged human rights violations committed against street protesters during the security force crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir.
We also understand that Mr Parvez was planning to attend a European Union session in Brussels.
Immigration officials, who were allegedly following instructions from an official of the Intelligence Bureau, prevented Mr Parvez from boarding his flight.
He was arrested the following day in his home and detained under “preventative detention” on the grounds of incitement to violence in Kashmir.
We understand that the principal district and sessions judge determined that the detention orders against Mr Parvez should be set aside and that he should be released from custody.
The next day, the Jammu and Kashmir government invoked the Public Safety Act and ordered that Mr Parvez be transported to Kotbalwal prison.
We’re concerned that Mr Parvez’s arrest is linked to his criticism of the actions of authorities in Kashmir and his role as a human rights defender.
We urged the relevant authorities to:
14 September 2016 – Mr Parvez was prevented from boarding his flight to Geneva
15 September 2016 – Mr Parvez was arrested and detained
20 September 2016 – the principal district and sessions judge held that Mr Parvez should be released from custody
21 September 2016 – the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered that Mr Parvez be transported to Kotbalwal prison