Authorities have shifted the illegally detained noted human rights defender and the Programme Coordinator of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), Khurram Parvez, from Srinagar’s Kothibagh police station to Kupwara jail on ten days remand.
Khurram Parvez was arrested from his residence in Srinagar on Thursday night. Earlier, he was barred in New Delhi by the authorities to board a flight to Geneva where he was going to attend the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The JKCCS President, Advocate Parvez Imroz, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, there exists no legal justification for this transfer. In the present circumstances of continued curfew, shifting of Khurram Parvez to Kupwara is an effort to render him incommunicado, he added.
“The JKCCS has apprised the international community – United Nations, international NGOs and foreign governments – in Geneva and elsewhere of the grave danger that Khurram Parvez is in today as his unlawful detention continues. The need for immediate and specific steps has been stressed upon. The actions, including the arrest of Khurram Parvez, are being closely watched by the international community. Khurram Parvez must be immediately released from custody,” the statement said.