‘Provide amenities to prisoners as per jail manual’
Srinagar|30 Jan 2013: Hailing the High Court Bar Association for its annual jail visit report, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali GeelaniWednesday said that their role regarding the ongoing movement was admirable and worth praising.
Expressing concern over the condition of Kashmiri prisoners, Geelani, in a statement issued here, urged International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Amnesty International (AI) to take serious note of the pathetic conditions of detainees and impress upon Government of India to provide them provisions as per the jail manual.
“International bodies should take cognizance of the report and impress upon the authorities to shun their callous and unilateral attitude and provide due requirements to detainees as per the jail manifesto,” Geelani said.
He termed the details revealed by the Bar Association as “horrific”.
“Indian establishment in Kashmir is avenging prisoners and subjecting them to atrocities and worst type of torture,” he said.
Referring to Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse by US troops, Geelani said the details had shocked the entire world and even US had hanged its head in shame.
“Unfortunately, Indian authorities opt to ignore the agony and the woes of the Kashmiri political prisoners,” he said.
Haling the intellectuals and the members of Bar Association, Geelani said the Bar had always provided free legal advice and assistance to the detainees.
He said Kashmiris were indebted to the Bar Association for their contribution toward the ‘freedom movement’.
Calling for the extensive publication of the report, Geelani said the contents of the report should come into the notice of the international bodies of human rights.