#ReleaseKashmiriPrisoners

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StandwithKashmir Calls for the Immediate Release of All Kashmiri Prisoners.

 

SWK is deeply concerned by the continued detention of thousands of Kashmiris who have been held in jails in Jammu and Kashmir and all over India before and in the aftermath of the events of August 5 2019, including minors, women, those who are ill and the elderly. In addition to those who have been languishing in jails for years for expressing their dissent to India’s occupation, an estimated 4,000-13,000 people have been detained since August 5.

 

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Although the Indian government has released a number of detainees as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a majority of them remain imprisoned. At the latest count, 261 prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir are currently lodged in different jails of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. 3,248 prisoners are in jails across Jammu and Kashmir. A committee that was mandated to decongest jails in the wake of Covid-19 has stated that it will not release those booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), or militancy-related convicts, on any parole.

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StandwithKashmir demands:

1.  The immediate revocation of all PSA detentions.

4. The release of convicted prisoners on parole, especially ones held in jails away from Kashmir.

2. The release of all children on humanitarian grounds.

5. Besides formal jails — the release of people legally and illegally detained or held in police lockups, joint interrogation centres, and house arrests.

3. The release of women, the elderly, pre-trial detainees and undertrials on bail (including political prisoners and those detained from the civil society).

 
 
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Report on detentions in Jammu and Kashmir:

DETENTIONS IN JAMMU & KASHMIR

April 2020

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Kashmiri leaders aren’t the only ones held under PSA – young men are languishing in faraway jails

03/08/2020

Times of India

No money for trip, kin of Kashmiri prisoners in UP jails beg, borrow, appeal to shift them back

02/20/2020

TRT World

Families of Kashmiris detained in faraway Indian jails refuse to give up

02/11/2020

NewsClick

Children in Kashmir Left Scarred by ‘Arbitrary Detentions’

11/12/2019

Foreign Policy

Detained in Kashmir

09/09/2019

The Nation

Delhi is on Fire and my Kashmiri Parents are in Prison

02/28/2020

Wire

In Srinagar, A Mother Begs to meet detained son in Agra

03/24/2020

NewsClick

Close to Two Dozen Kashmiri Inmates Lodged in U.P. Jails Suffer Serious Health Issues

02/23/2020

The Guardian

Humiliating to the core': how India turned a Kashmir hotel into a jail

02/19/2020

The Wire 

Diabetic Surviving on One Kidney': 76-Year-Old J&K Lawyer's Family Fear for his Health in Prison

01/24/2020

Al Jazeera

Kashmiri children among prisoners in India crackdown

10/16/2019

Washington Post

Among the 3000 detained by Indian authorities

08/29/2019

BBC

The detained children of Kashmir

09/23/2019

Middle East Eye

Corona VIrus, Kashmiris Seek Release of Political Prisoners 

04/09/2020

Al Jazeera

200 days of Kashmir siege: A mother's wait for her jailed son

02/20/2020

The Wire 

People With Disabilities Are Being Detained Under PSA in Kashmir

02/17/2020

Anadolu Agency

Death of Kashmiri leader in jail spread worries

12/27/2019

Reuters

The transported: Kashmiri prisoners sent far from home

10/07/2019

The Guardian

‘A storm has hit my life': the Kashmiri families torn apart by mass arrests

08/27/2019

Hindu

JK will not consider psa detainees for parole

04/03/2020