Days after India severely criticized the United Nation and rejected the UN report on “human rights situation in Kashmir” calling it “fallacious, tendentious and motivated” UN has now come up with other demand regarding the release of a jailed Delhi University professor GN Saibaba who was arrested in May 2014 for allegedly having links with Maoists.
On their twitter handle, the organization wrote “UN experts urge #India to release on health grounds #HumanRights defender Dr G.N. Saibaba, a wheelchair user with severe disabilities”
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) June 28, 2018
UN Human Right Commission is seeking the release of alleged on the basis of his deteriorating health conditions. The experts said that Dr Saibaba is suffering from more than 15 different health problems, some of which have potentially fatal consequences so they are really concerned about that.
The organization in an indirect way raised the question on Indian jails and blamed poor jail conditions and untrained staff for not adequately assisting prisoners. It put stress on the point that Dr G.N. Saibaba is in urgent need of medical attention.
It pointed out keeping Dr G.N. Saibaba in a solitary confinement is a kind of torture India is doing. The experts said “We would like to remind India that any denial of reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities in detention is not only discriminatory but may well amount to ill-treatment or even torture. In particular, solitary confinement should be prohibited when the conditions of prisoners with disabilities would be made worse by this measure”
The letter also advocated that Dr Saibaba is fighting for the rights of various minorities in India against corporate interests since long and the treatment with him is unfair. He was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017. He is reportedly now being held in solitary confinement in a highly insanitary cell in Nagpur jail, in darkness and with inadequate and inaccessible facilities.
The UN Human Rights organization urged the Indian authorities to immediately ensure that Dr Saibaba has continuous and unrestricted access to health care, including adequate treatment and rehabilitation. They are also urging the state to effectively guarantee that all human rights defenders in India are able to conduct their legitimate work without fear of threats or exposure to any act of intimidation or reprisals.
In March 2017, Dr Saibaba was sentenced to life imprisonment for “waging war against the state”, amongst other charges. The letter also stated that the judgment allegedly failed to point out a single instance in which Dr Saibaba was a conspirator to commit violence or provide logistical support to violent acts.
Days before also in its first ever report on “Human rights situation in Kashmir” the United Nations had sought an international inquiry into the abuses. The report asserts that there was an “urgent need” to address the past and ongoing human rights violations.” But the report was slammed by the External Affairs Ministry. The Ministry said that the report “violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and “questioned the intent” behind it. “The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression,” it added.
Also after some days of the report, the UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was seen posing himself with ISI backed lobby and terror organisation heads. A photograph surfaced in which along with him were, Faiz Naqushbandi of the All Party Hurriyat Conference in Pakistan, Sardar Amjad Yousaf, Altaf Hussain and Ghulam Hassan who are well linked with ISI and terror organisation in Pakistan. What does this all indicate? Where is it leading to?
Source: Republic World