Kashmir: Khurram Parvez released from detention “not bitter” and resolve for peace and justice strengthened

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Khurram Parvez now released “I want all of you to be hopeful. I am”

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Human rights defender Khurram Parvez from Srinagar has been freed today from detention in Kotbalwal jail in Jammu, Indian occupied Kashmir following 76 days in detention. He was arrested a day after he was prevented from attending a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Switzerland.

The work of Parvez increased following unrest after the death of Burhan Wani a commander of the Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen in a gun battle with government forces on July 8th, 2016.  This led to unrest, demonstrations and curfews.

Allegations of human rights violations by the military and police were rife with the killing of protesters fighting for freedom (azadi) from India and self-determination. There were hundreds of detentions, abuse of women and children and heavy handedness of authorities blinding many peaceful protesters with pellet guns. Some media was also closed down with disruptions to internet and mobile phone services and worshippers prevented from attending Friday prayers at local mosques. Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Nafees Zakaria told Radio Pakistan today there are now over 1 million troops in Kashmir, the highest concentration of troops in the world.

Following the arrest of Parvez, questions were raised by the UN in October concerning the use of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act against Parvez, which permits administrative detention without judicial intervention for up to two years.” As highlighted in Indian Express UN officials stated,

“In a democratic society, the open criticism of Government is a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression of every person. We are seriously concerned that the arrest of (Khurram) Parvez may represent a direct retaliation for his legitimate activities as a human rights defender and the exercise of his fundamental freedoms, including freedoms of expression and association. (There is) lack of clarity as to why the Indian authorities have deemed it necessary to address this case outside the country’s ordinary laws”.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court deemed Parvez’s detention illegal last Friday ordering his immediate release. There was an initial delay however due to an administrative error. Once freed, Parvez soon updated his many followers on social media posting the following statement on his Facebook page,

“I am happy to be back amongst my family and friends. I am deeply touched by the love and solidarity expressed by so many friends from across the world. This 76 day detention was a difficult time for me, my family and colleagues. Difficult times are also opportunities, if only we make them so. I commit myself to not let this detention be a hard memory of my life but an opportunity that has enabled me to reflect, read and plan my future work for justice and peace. I wont let this difficulty make me bitter, instead my resolve for peace and justice has got strengthened. I want all of you to be hopeful. I am.”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

 

 

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Islamic Emirate: Prisoners should not be made the Prey of Politics

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The Kabul regime’s mistreatment of prisoners in its prisons has reached dangerous proportions. Individuals suspected of cooperating with the Mujahideen are arbitrarily interned and then held years without trial – sometimes disappearing from prisoners all together to face an unknown fate.

Prisoners of the regime face malnutrition, lack of health facilities, psychological torture and ongoing physical mistreatment. They are deprived of the most basic of their human rights, and routinely face physical abuse.

Prisoners who have served their term continue to be locked away in prisons for months and years and the regime refuse to reunite them with their families. Even now there are thousands of prisoners in Bagram, Pule Charkhi and Kandahar prisoners that have served their sentences but continue to be unlawfully detained.

The vast majority of the regime prisoners belong to the political prisoner categories. They have either been suspected of being members of the Mujahideen or otherwise their family members are accused of being insurgents and thus they are imprisoned to cause pain to their family. Government and non-government reports suggest the many of these prisoners, particularly in Bagram Prison, face sever mistreatment probably amounting to torture.

With the fragmentation of central authority many local commanders and warlords have propped up private ‘black site’ prisons where suspects are taken away and in most cases never heard from again. Even prisons under the regime’s direct control have been handed to cruel commanders and officials who take away prisoners in the middle of the night without following the legal protocol and then summarily execute them. For example in Kandahar’s main prisoner Commander Raziq’s men routinely take away dozens of prisoners each night. Their murdered bodies are then later discovered in deserts showing visible signs of torture and physical mistreatment.

The regime perhaps thinks that by such actions they will deter their citizens from continuing their ongoing armed jihadi campaign against injustices and foreign occupation. They should have learned by now that if barbarity was the way to oppress an independence-seeking nation then the Soviets would not have been forced to withdraw from Afghanistan.

The open and persistent mistreatment of prisoners in regime prisons is deserving of open and widespread condemnation and the failure of international human rights organizations to take any action is a black mark in the records of such organizations. Despite having full access to such prisons and notwithstanding the testimony of hundreds of eye witnesses these organizations have turned a blind eye to the systematic torture of prisoners and have failed to live up to their lofty ideals.

These said organizations should follow their own ideals and break their deafening silence on the torture of prisoners. These prisoners and by extension the organizations that purport to defend the rights of prisoners should not be made prey to politics and in consideration of their duties should openly condemn the ongoing mistreatment of political prisoners in Afghanistan.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding backing national projects in the country

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is an Islamic and national force of the country waging Jihad and struggling to bring an end to the occupation, giving all lawful rights to the people and securing Islamic and national goals. And the sacrifices it has presented in this path are not hidden from anyone.

And just as the leader of the Islamic Emirate has stated in his messages and as declared by delegations of the Political Office during international conferences, the Islamic Emirate not only backs all national projects which are in the interest of the people and result in the development and prosperity of the nation but are also committed to safeguarding them. These include large national projects like TAPI, CASA-1000, Mes Aynak, highway and railway projects, power and agricultural dams and other such projects that follow the guidelines set out by the Islamic Emirate.

The Islamic Emirate directs all its Mujahideen to help in the security of all national projects that are in the higher interest of Islam and the country.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Islamic Emirate: Who has a hand in the kidnappings of children?

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The successes of the Mujahideen – capturing large territories including dozens of district centers as well as capturing and surrendering thousands of regime soldiers – has broken the two-headed Kabul regime’s back and pushed them to the abyss.

Now the regime barely maintains its control in the confines of the provincial and district centers. The military and intelligence bodies of the regime are fragmented and uncoordinated. Soldiers are deserting their posts and positions. The regimes days are numbered and ill-omens litter their every initiative.

Political and military experts point to the disarray plaguing the regime, where governors and commanders are busy building their fiefdoms and the so-called President can’t even replace acting governors of provinces. Warlords and strongmen have carved their own personal governments; they maintain their own militias and prisons. They act according to their whims and openly derogate the semblance of governance and rule of law. The Parliament impeaches incompetent ministers but the so-called President breaks constitutional normality by submitting to the threats of strongmen and re-instating these incompetent ministers.

While the regime is too paralyzed to take concrete and constructive action they have however perfected the art of deceit and perception-building. Every now and then the government takes some steps accompanied with much fanfare so as to project its abilities and successes. One such incident was the recent kidnapping and rescue of a child in Farah province.

On the 22 of Aqrab media conglomerates affiliated with the regime published reports of a child who had been kidnapped by criminals and whose whereabouts remained unknown. Soon thereafter a video emerged that showed the child – Naveed – in captivity and begging for his life. This video understandably provoked much sympathy from all walks of life. Then a few days later the regime’s provincial government in Farah announced that the said child had been found and rescued. According to them the child was safely returned to the family and the perpetrators of this crime arrested. According to reliable sources it was subsequently revealed that among the kidnappers was the deputy-governor’s personal bodyguard. It has also being reported that this child was in fact found at the house of a high-serving provincial official.

The evidence so far suggests a strong correlation between the regime forces and this kidnapping of an innocent child. To a reasonable observer the evidence evinces a strong probability that some government officials are abetting criminals and the regime needs to take immediate action to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. The repeat of such incidence would raise serious questions regarding the collusion of government officials in such crimes either for personal profit or perhaps to actively orchestrate such crimes and rescues for garnishing the regime’s image.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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ARNO: UN intervention is the only viable solution in Rohingya situation (Press release)

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Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)

Press Release
28 November 2016

For more than 6 weeks the innocent and peaceful-living Rohingyas have been made systematic targets of wholesale destruction, killing, raping and looting and arson attacks. The Myanmar military and security forces have killed more than 500 people, raped hundreds of women, burned down over 2500 houses, destroyed mosques and religious schools, and perpetrated other inhuman acts.

While the persecution against Rohingya has been callous, persistent and recurring again and again for many decades — causing refugee problem and boat people crisis that pose regional instability and threat to international peace security — the Myanmar Government has manifestly failed to protect them, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is personally complicit and officially guilty in making Rohingyas’ plight worse.

As outlined in Articles 6 and 7 of the Rome Statute, well documented reports and videos confirm that genocide and crimes against humanity (including ethnic cleansing) have been committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar Government.

Due to ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity, the Rohingyas are fleeing to Bangladesh for a temporary shelter to save their lives. They strongly desire to return to their ancestral homeland of Arakan as soon as possible and live a life in peaceful-coexistence with other ethnic groups, as responsible citizens of Myanmar, rather than to live in humiliation as refugees in alien lands.

But it is frustrating that United Nations, powerful countries and Myanmar neighbours, have taken no concrete step to response to the serious humanitarian needs of the helpless Rohingyas and to stop the ongoing genocide against them.

The Rohingya are hated, rejected, persecuted, annihilated and killed, and are treated as non-nationals. They do not enjoy any legal rights under Myanmar law and so do not have any redress in Myanmar. Therefore, the international Community should intervene in the matter. Particularly the UN intervention, on the grounds of humanitarianism with the specific purpose of preventing or alleviating widespread suffering or death of ethnic Rohingya with full security, is the only viable option left over to protect and save over a million of innocent lives. It seems implausible that the Rohingya would have any other redress except via the UN intervention.

We, therefore, urge upon the UN and international community for urgent intervention in the case of well documented genocide against the Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority to protect and save the lives of more than one million of innocent people. We also urge for an impartial international investigation into the crimes against Rohingyas, and for urgent humanitarian aids to the needy.

For more details, please contact:

U.K.: Ronnie +44-7783118354
Japan: Zaw Min Htut +81-8030835327
Australia: Dr. Hla Myint +61-423381904
USA: Dr. Habib Ullah +1-4438158609
Canada: Nur Hasim +1 (519) 572-5359
Bangladesh: Ko Ko Linn +880-1726068413

Email: info@rohingya.org
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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The ‘held beyond sentence’ state of prisoners: Another international crime of the Kabul regime

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Ever since the two-head regime came into existence, they have achieved two major steps. Firstly they immediately signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, paving the way for constant and punitive bombardment that almost daily cause civilian losses.

Secondly the regime head – Ashraf Ghani – suspended all prisoner releases (political prisoners to be exact) that has effectively meant that political prisoners in Afghanistan are indefinitely incarcerated. Under this decree even prisoners who have served their court sentences are also being retained in their detention.

The infamous Bagram prison – which to a large degree was vacated and handed over to Afghans – has once again being filled with prisoners by the two-headed regime and is once more largely supervised by the foreigners.

Recently the regime’s Independent Commission for Human Rights reported that currently there are hundreds of prisoners in Bagram facing an unknown fate and approximately 150 children and minors are also held in this facility. This regime body admitted that this state of affairs violates human rights law.

Similarly media reports quote the Senate’s Representative for Pul e Charkhi prison adding that 800 prisoners in this facility are being held beyond their sentence, 440 are sentenced to execution, and a further 144 are inflicted with unknown illnesses.

The Senate’s Representative has remarked he wants the government to treat these prisoners according to the law. Currently thousands of prisoners across the country are kept in indefinite detention. The prisoners are not trialed but neither are they being released.

This state of ‘held beyond sentence’ is a breach of international human rights law and the regime can be subject to a writ of habeas corpus. Yet the regime violates its international obligations be keeping these prisoners indefinitely and the international community has turned a blind eye to this blatant violation.

We call upon international organizations to work for the release of those prisoners that have served their sentences and to campaign for bringing those responsible for these illegal detentions to justice.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate have no problem with anyone on Tajikistan border

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A Russian news outlet Sputnik published a report a while back stating that the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate have clashed with Tajikistan border forces in the country’s northern Kunduz province.

Our report in this regard – following an investigation – revealed that about 15 days ago, a group of smugglers tried to move banned substances into Tajikistan border via Kunduz but were engaged by Tajik border troops.

This incident has no ties with the Islamic Emirate and neither are the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate allowed to create problems with border troops of neighboring countries. We strongly reject these reports delivered by whatever source and assure all our neighboring countries that the Islamic Emirate does not have any intention of harming its neighboring nations.

However the border area between Kunduz and Tajikistan is very dense and can be misused by smugglers. The Islamic Emirate will try its utmost to fulfill its obligation in preventing illegal trafficking in the area.

 

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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