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OIC demands immediate release of Kashmiri leader Asiya Andrabi, others

NIAMEY: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged the United Nations and world human rights community to lean on the Indian government to immediately release the Kashmiri leader Asiya Andrabi and her associates and all other political inmates.

OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, in a statement, condemned the incarceration of Kashmiri leader Asiya Andrabi and her two female associates in Tihar Jail in India on baseless charges.

The Commission rebuked the prolonged illegal and inhuman detention of Asiya Andrabi and others under the controversial Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The Commission also reiterated its strong concerns over the increasing incidents of illegal detentions of human rights and political activists, members of civil society and journalists by the Indian security forces under the impugned draconian laws.

Ensuring a free and fair trial, revocation of discriminatory laws, and restoration of all fundamental freedoms of Kashmiris, it stressed.

It insisted on immediately halting gross and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK and access to UN and OIC fact-finding missions and establishment of a Commission of Inquiry under UN auspices.

The Commission emphasized the need for implementing relevant UN Security Council and OIC resolutions allowing Kashmiris to exercise their legitimate right to self-determination.