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Pakistan urges EU to hunt fast launch of Kashmiri chief Asiya Andrabi

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  • Pakistan has urged the European Union to hunt fast launch of Kashmiri activist and chief Asiya Andrabi
  • Pakistan’s envoy to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, Ambassador Zaheer A Janjua wrote a letter to the EU on this regard
  • Asiya Andrabi is held in India’s Tihar Jail and faces imminent threat of conviction by a sham court docket on Jan 18

Pakistan has urged the European Union to hunt the fast launch of the Kashmiri human rights activist and political chief Asiya Andrabi, who has been imprisoned in India’s Tihar Jail.

In a letter addressed to the chairs of the political teams within the European Parliament in addition to the EU Particular Consultant for Human Rights, Pakistan’s envoy to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, Ambassador Zaheer A Janjua urged the EU to play its function in stopping the approaching threat of Andrabi’s conviction by a sham court docket on January 18,  2020.

Andrabi has been below unlawful and inhumane captivity for greater than 15 years on fabricated expenses below draconian legal guidelines, such because the Armed Forces Particular Energy Act (AFSPA) and the Public Security Act (PSA). 

She was first arrested in 1992, alongside along with her husband and her six-month-old son below the PSA. Between 1992 and 2016, she has been jailed a number of occasions by Indian occupation forces.

Learn extra: Indian govt committing warfare crimes by shifting Kashmiri prisoners to Indian jails: Shireen Mazari 

India has now positioned Andrabi and her associates Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi on a sham trial below the Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA) on trumped-up expenses, intentionally accelerating the trial and setting apart due judicial course of, reflecting clear malicious intent and indications of looming judicial homicide. 

The UAPA has been particularly declared to be incompatible with worldwide human rights requirements by varied UN Particular Procedures. 

As a defender of human rights and an ardent advocate of ladies’s empowerment, Abdrabi has labored tirelessly for social reforms and the realisation of basic freedoms for the folks of the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJK) for over 4 many years. 

She based an organisation known as Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), which is likely one of the greatest girls’s rights organisations in IOJK, engaged on girls’s schooling, empowerment, well-being and safety — particularly towards sexual violence and abuse by the hands of the Indian occupation forces.

Associated: Indian police arrest Asiya Andrabi in Srinagar

In his letter, Ambassador Janjua underscored that Andrabi has been subjected to bodily and psychological torture in jail, together with solitary confinement. He wrote that regardless of her deteriorating well being situations and the reported outbreak of the COVID-19 within the jail, she continues to be incarcerated below sub-human situations the place she awaits the approaching conviction.

The Ambassador emphasised that Pakistan — along with the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and a few worldwide human rights organisations, together with Amnesty Worldwide — has highlighted a number of, grave, and systemic human rights violations of the hapless Kashmiri folks by India.

He known as upon the EU to boost its voice to persuade India to cease the unlawful and sham trial, drop all fabricated instances towards Andrabi, her husband and associates, and pave the way in which for his or her honourable and fast launch.

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