Khurram Parvez, Chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and a staunch human rights defender in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir was arrested yesterday night in his family’s residence in Srinagar. Parvez’s relatives said that the police simply went to his home, with no warrant, nor stating the reasons for his arrest, and asked him to accompany them to the police station. Earlier that night, Parvez had received a call from the Kothibagh Police station and had been asked to “visit” the station as they wanted to talk to him.
MR. ZEID RAÁD AL HUSSEIN
United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsObj: AFAD Chairperson, Khurram Parvez, prevented from attending UN Human Rights
Council Session by IndiaDear Mr. Al Hussein, Greetings from the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)!
Manila, 15 September 2016 - AFAD strongly condemns the measures taken by India against AFAD’s Chairperson, Mr. Khurram Parvez.
Mr. Parvez is a Kashmiri human rights defender, who is also the Program Coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). Yesterday, on September 14, 2016, he was prevented from leaving the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, and travel to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was going to attend the 33 Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Manila, September 13, 2016 – AFAD expresses its deepest regret over the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the UK not to initiate re-trial of Colonel Kumar Lama, Nepali Army officer, from the charge of torture.
Colonel Kumar Lama had been arrested more than three years ago and charged for two counts of torture that took place in Nepal in 2004. The UK had exercised its universal jurisdiction to prosecute individuals who have committed torture and other gross human rights violations. Mr. Janak Bahadur Raut and Mr. Karim Hussain had been the subject of torture in Gorusinghe Barrack and suffered torture in 2004.