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Kashmiri activist says blocked from leaving India

Parvez was scheduled to attend a UN Human Rights Council session from September 14-24 in Geneva, where he was expected to brief officials on the ongoing situation in Kashmir. (Picture sourced from Parvez's Facebook page) Photograph: (Others)

WION New Delhi, India Sep 14, 2016, 04.28 PM (IST)
A prominent Kashmiri activist was on Wednesday barred from boarding a flight headed out of New Delhi airport for Geneva. The group he represents said he held a valid visa and the move was aimed at denying human rights in Kashmir Valley. The northern-most Indian state has been witnessing violent protests and counter-strikes by security forces for over two months.
 
Khurram Pervez is coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and  was on his way to attend a UN Human Rights Council session from September 14-24 in Geneva, Switzerland. Pervez was expected to brief officials on the ongoing situation in Kashmir that has been reeling from daily protests and violence.

He was not only blocked from boarding his flight, but also detained at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport.

Pervez was reportedly told that his trip to Geneva was being stopped because of orders from India's Intelligence Bureau. 
 

"It appears that Khurram Parvez is not being allowed to travel because he has been highlighting violations of human rights," Parvez Imroz, president of JKCCS, said in a statement.

"The Indian State seeks to isolate the people of... Kashmir at all costs, and disallowing human rights activists access to the UN is a part of this attempt to isolate and ensure impunity for violence and denial of human rights."

More than 80 have died in violent skirmishes with the security forces since July 8 when a militant leader was shot dead by Indian soldiers during a gun battle. Kashmir has literally been under siege for two months and curfew was imposed on Eid for the first time in over two decades on Tuesday.

(WION, with inputs from AFP)
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