Pakistan has requested the European Union to intervene within the launch of Kashmiri human rights activist and political chief Asiya Andrabi from India’s Tihar Jail.
According to Geo News, in a letter addressed to the chairs of the political teams within the European Parliament in addition to the EU Special Representative 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 upcoming danger of Andrabi’s conviction by a sham court docket on January 18, 2020.
Andrabi has been underneath unlawful and inhumane captivity for greater than 15 years on fabricated expenses underneath draconian legal guidelines, such because the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and the Public Safety Act (PSA).
She was first arrested in 1992, alongside together with her husband and her six-month-old son underneath the PSA. Between 1992 and 2016, she has been jailed a number of occasions by Indian occupation forces.
India has now positioned Andrabi and her associates Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi on a sham trial underneath the Unlawful Activities 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 Special Procedures.
As a defender of human rights and an ardent advocate of girls’s empowerment, Abdrabi has labored tirelessly for social reforms and the realisation of elementary freedoms for the individuals of the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJK) for over 4 a long time.
She based an organisation referred to as Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), which is likely one of the largest 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.
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 circumstances and the reported outbreak of the COVID-19 within the jail, she continues to be incarcerated underneath sub-human circumstances the place she awaits the upcoming 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 International — has highlighted a number of, grave, and systemic human rights violations of the hapless Kashmiri individuals by India.
He referred to as upon the EU to boost its voice to persuade India to cease the unlawful and sham trial, drop all fabricated circumstances towards Andrabi, her husband and associates, and pave the best way for his or her honourable and rapid launch.