Political rights

Restoring Civil and Political Rights to Geelani: Dal Khalsa at the GOI

KL report

Srinagar

Condemning his continued house arrest in New Delhi, the Dal Khalsa urged the Indian government to immediately release Hurriyat (G) President Syed Ali Geelani.

In a statement, party leader HS Dhami called Geelani’s detention since the hanging of Afzal Guru on February 9 “unlawful and unjust”. Attacking Indian civil society and prominent human rights activists based in the capital for their stoic silence on the issue, he said the government had stooped too low to gag the voice of the Kashmiri people.

Urging civil society to speak out against the “authoritarianism” of the state, he urged officials from the CDH, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to intervene and take stock of the situation on the ground vis -to Geelani’s rights violations.

He said the government was mistaken that by detaining Geelani it could shatter its resolve to continue the struggle for Kashmir’s self-determination.

Blaming the Union Home Secretary for his flip-flopping stance on “saffron terror and RSS sponsored terrorism”, Dhami urged Sushil Kumar Shinde to immediately restore Geelani’s civil, political and human rights and to allow him to be with his people and the members of his family.


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