Posts Tagged ‘political prisoners’

Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience

February 2, 2012

By Stephen Lendman , War Is  A Crime.org, February 1, 2012

In 1948, brute force established Israel. In 1967, militarized occupation of one-fifth of former Palestine followed.

An entire people suffer. Collective punishment is official policy. So are torture, violence, land theft, apartheid, injustice, and other forms of state-sponsored terror.

They include imprisoning Palestinians for wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. As a result, since June 1967, over 750,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned.

Arrests occur regularly. Middle-of-the-night raids terrorize nonviolent men, women and children. Alleged “ticking bomb” ones are held in the name of “security.” So are various other type political prisoners. Denied all rights, they’re brutalized for praying to the wrong God.

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Burma: Release Political Prisoners Before Election

October 23, 2009

Scoop, Friday, 23 October 2009, 10:28 am
Press Release: United Nations

Myanmar: UN Expert Urges Release Of All Political Prisoners Before Elections

New York, Oct 22 2009 5:10PM An independent United Nations expert has called on Myanmar’s Government to release all political prisoners before the national elections planned for 2010 so that the polls can be as inclusive as possible.

“I told the Government that these elections should be fair and transparent, that freedom of speech, movement and association should be guaranteed in the country, and of course that all prisoners of conscience should be released before those elections,” Tomás Ojea Quintana told a news conference in New York.

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We are ready for dialogue with India: Kashmiri leader

March 17, 2009

‘But It Should Be Aimed At Resolving The Kashmir Dipute’

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Srinagar, Mar 16: The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said on Monday Hurriyat was ready to resume talks with New Delhi, but maintained that the dialogue should be meaningful and aimed at resolution of the Kashmir dispute, rather than being a mere formality.
“We want the talks should be held in a conducive atmosphere. However, before the talks, we expect New Delhi to release political prisoners and thousands of Kashmiri youth languishing in its jails, revoke the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and stop harassment of people. Killings and talks can’t go together,” Mirwaiz said, adding that the talks would be possible after formation of the new government at the centre.

“We are for any dialogue which is aimed at resolution of Kashmir dispute. We believe that meaningful talks only can help resolve the dispute and are ready to take the process to its logical end,” Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir.
Mirwaiz blamed the successive regimes of India for delaying Kashmir resolution by holding elections in the state. “New Delhi can’t afford to linger on the dispute. It has to come out of its denial mode and escapism,” he said.
In 2004, Mirwaiz said, New Delhi had to recognize the Hurriyat Conference as the representatives of Kashmiris and initiate talks on Kashmir. “But after a few rounds the dialogue process was stopped apparently to hamper Kashmir resolution. Elections can’t be an alternative to the Kashmir resolution. Polls have given birth to a government which doesn’t have even power to initiate probe against the erring armed forces,” he said.

Mirwaiz warned that any delay in resolution of the Kashmir dispute could have serious repercussions. “If India and Pakistan keep talking only with each other, they can’t achieve any breakthrough. Kashmiris have borne the brunt of animosity between them. They are the principal party to the dispute and the two countries have to talk to them to achieve a lasting and amicable solution,” he said.

Referring to the recent statement of chief minister, Omar Abdullah, in which he had stressed initiation of the dialogue with pro-freedom leadership without drawing boundaries, Mirwaiz said, “now New Delhi’s representatives too are raising their voice for resolution of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.”

Mirwaiz expressed satisfaction over the interest of international community, particularly the United States president, Barrack Hussain Obama, for supporting peaceful resolution of Kashmir.

Indian democracy fallen flat in Kashmir: HR Group

October 14, 2008

Source:  Kashmir Watch

Srinagar, Oct 13 (PBI): Stating that New Delhi’s claim of being the largest democracy in the world having “fallen flat” in Kashmir, a human rights group comprising  educationists came up with a list of demands on Monday which  included stopping of “military might” against peaceful protesters in Kashmir.

Revealing details to media persons, of their nine-day long ‘fact-findings’ visit to the valley starting from October 4, a member of the team, Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani, lecturer at Delhi university, who was acquitted in parliament attack case, said that the claims of India to be the largest democracy in the world have ended in fiasco in view of the present scenario in Kashmir.

“The most disturbing sight during the whole fact finding mission was the over-bearing presence of the army, paramilitary, police and the SOG personnel. This has become part and parcel of the everyday life of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The blanket powers given to the army, paramilitary, SOG and police under the garb of fighting militancy has only increased the cruelty of the state forces.”

Geelani, flanked by two other members, Prof. Amit Bhattacharyya and Rona Wilson V. lbrahim told reporters at a hotel here.  “The display of this power is visible in the way, the forces have been dealing with the recent rallies in the valley.”

“The accounts of the doctors of Baramulla District Hospital as well as the testimonies from the injured confirm that the peaceful demonstrators were fired in the abdomen, chest or head. This shows a clear intention of shooting to kill.”

The team expressed concern over ‘implication in false cases’ of the people who participated in the rallies.

“False cases have been framed against many people who have participated in peaceful protests. Most of them have been booked under PSA. The draconian laws such as the PSA, DM, AFSPA have been used in the most arbitrary manner, so much so that even when someone who has been charged under PSA gets that quashed in the court, soon after he or she is charged afresh under the same act. Even those acquitted of PSA charges will have to endure an unending wait for the security forces to release them,” he said.

The team comprised Prof Amit Bhattacharyya (Jadavpur University, Kolkata), S. A. R. Geelani, (Delhi University), Prof. A. Marx (Chennai), Advocate Sugumaran (Pondicherry), Prof. Pranab Nayak (Kolkata), V. M. Ibrahim (Executive Editor, Madhyamam, Kerala), Rona Wilson (Research Scholar, JNU), Raja Sarkhel (Kolkata), Sitangshu Chakraborty (Film maker, Kolkata), Maitreyee Nayak (Student, Rabindra Bharati University,Kolkata) visited various areas of the valley to ascertain the facts.

Visiting medical stores in the valley, he said, proved beyond doubt the impact of the economic blockade and the total failure of the government to provide relief to the people.

“The Government of India’s effort to deny the economic blockade only brought to the fore the silent sanction of the establishment for such an inhuman. Life saving drugs, baby food and other drugs were in terrible shortage. Despite the letter written by the Divisional Commissioner, Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies such like Cipla, Cadilla, Glaxo, FDC, Emcure, Sun Pharmaceuticals have stopped their operations.”

The group called for repealing of all the draconian laws including ULPA, AFSPA, DAA and PSA. “Ensure life saving drugs, baby food and other medicines.  Stop the use of military might on the peaceful demonstrations, Withdraw troops, Stop all efforts to foment communal hatred against the people, release all political prisoners unconditionally, initiate steps to address issue of right to self determination per the norms set by the UN and other International bodies” the group demanded.