Kashmir: Release Khurram Parvez, demand activists

Parvez, chairperson of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances, was first detained in Kothibagh and then shifted to Kupwara sub-jail.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Published:September 19, 2016 1:28 am

Fifty-two academics, activists, lawyers and writers have called for the immediate release of human rights activist Khurram Parvez, who has been under “preventive detention” of J-K Police since Thursday.

In a signed open letter, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Amitava Kumar, Teesta Setalvad, Dibyesh Anand, Gautam Navlakha and Kavita Krishnan among others said the right to freedom of speech and movement and the right to dissent and self-determination are being “imperiled” in the Valley.

“We are gravely concerned by the repeated abrogation of international law and the disregard for India’s constitutional provisions, and by the unceasing targeting of civilians and the continued denial of their civil and political rights,” said the letter.

Parvez, chairperson of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances, was first detained in Kothibagh and then shifted to Kupwara sub-jail.