India Police Arrest a Prominent Kashmiri Rights Activist

Khurram Parvez, a prominent human rights activist in the restive Indian-administered Kashmir was arrested on Monday for his alleged role in terror funding.

Parvez’s wife Samina told  AFP that  National Investigation Agency (NIA) operatives arrested Parvez after raiding his home and office in the main city of Srinagar.

Parvez’s mobile phone, laptop and some books, along with Samina’s cell phone were also seized by the NIA personnel.

NIA did not release any official statement on Parvez detention, but AFP reported that Parvez was arrested under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

“I’m hearing disturbing reports that Khurram Parvez was arrested today in Kashmir and is at risk of being charged by authorities in India with terrorism-related crimes,” tweeted Mary Lawlor, the UN special rapporteur on human rights defenders.

Parvez is the program coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), and chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).

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