Srinagar: The Amnesty International (AI) India has started an online campaign asking people to write to authorities to press for release of Kamaran Yousuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in September last year.
“Take urgent action now,” the Amnesty published on its website, asking people to write in English or other language to authorities asking them to “Drop all charges against Kamran Yousuf and release him immediately; Ensure that journalists in India are able to perform their legitimate duties, and respect and protect their right to freedom of expression; Amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to bring it in line with international human rights standards.”
AI asked the netizens to send appeals before 5 April 2018 to Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Director General, National Investigation Agency Yogesh Chander Modi Chairperson, NHRC Justice H. L. Dutta.
“Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country,” the campaigners said.
Kamran Yousuf has been charged with several criminal offences including ‘waging war against the government of India’. The charges are based on the allegation that he only covered violent protests in Kashmir rather than other ‘developmental activities’. In pretrial detention for over five months, he faces life imprisonment if convicted.