As Jammu & Kashmir enters the next phase of lockdown this time due to #COVID19, the Govt of India must immediately release all those arbitrarily detained, restore full internet access & actively pursue trust building measures with the people of the region.…
A public health emergency is not an opportunity to bypass accountability. Continuing use of unlawful and arbitrary detention along with limited internet connectivity and medical facilities only add to the panic, fear and anxiety caused by #COVID19,” said @Avinash_1_Kumar
Recent data accessed show that consequences were felt disproportionately by people from #Kashmir region who constituted over 90% of the total population sent to jails from the region since August'19.
Most shockingly, @AIIndia found that the executive magistrates in the region issued verbal orders of detentions under Section 107 and 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which also allows for administrative detention, without keeping any record.

Overly broad & vague orders of detention were passed under the #PublicSafetyAct against political leaders for objecting to ruling BJP's ‘communal politics’ or for the ‘green colour’ of their party flag or conducting activities under the ‘guise of politics’.
On 29 March, a High Powered Committee was constituted to release prisoners on interim bail or parole. @AIIndia urges the Govt to also include those who are currently in administrative detention, particularly booked under PSA & Section 107, 109 and 151 of the CrPC in its criteria.

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