Dr. Kafeel Khan takes battle with CM Yogi to UNHRC, writes about violation of NSA/UAPA

  • | Monday | 21st September, 2020

Dr. Kafeel has written to United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) about widespread violation of international human rights standards in India by misuse of draconian law of NSA and UAPA.

Pediatrician Dr. Kafeel Khan has taken his battle against the Yogi Adiyanath government to an international level. Khan who was recently vindicated from the charges under the stringent National Security Act has written a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) informing them about ‘’widespread violations of international human right standards in India and misuse of draconian laws like NSA and UAPA to suppress voices of dissent’’.  

Dr. Khan in his letter thanked the UN rights body for urging the Indian government to protect human rights of activist arrested for ‘’peacefully protesting against CAA’’ and also stated that the government ‘’has not listened to their appeal’’.

Dr. Khan in his letter wrote ‘’authorities continue to invoke counter terrorism and national security legislation using procedural police powers against these human right defenders for raising issues which would affect India’s poorest and most marginalized community, violating international human rights standards’’

On June 26 the United Nations body had written to the government of India, stating 11 cases among those that of Kafeel and Sharjeel Imam for ‘’serious allegations of human rights violation, several relating to due process failings during arrest and detention as well as allegations of torture and ill-treatment’’.

Dr. Kafeel, elucidating his days in jail wrote ‘’I was tortured mentally and physically and also denied food and water for many days and treated inhumanely during my 7 months of incarceration in a congested, overcrowded Mathura prison. Fortunately I got my NSA and all 3 extensions of detention quashed by high court, which called the whole process, illegal’’.

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