Date of Birth: June 14, 1953
Kashmiri Male (Anantnag) imprisoned in India
Place of Birth: Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir
Place of Imprisonment: Tihar Jail, Delhi
Charges:Never been convicted of any crime.
Urgent Health Concerns: COVID-19, severe weakness, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension
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Bio: Leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party. Ghulam Mohammed Varrier, Shah’s father, died in police custody as a Block Development Officer
Immediate Health Concerns: Conditions have worsened in the jails because of Covid-19 (Especially vulnerable because of heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Also, severe weakness and back issues because of long periods of imprisonment). Medical reports indicate he should receive immediate attention.
“A high-powered committee constituted to de-congest jails to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has said there is a need to release prisoners on interim bail for 90 days or eight weeks parole in view of the ‘alarming’ and ‘threatening’ situation of the pandemic in the national capital.”
Imprisonment: Has spent his life peacefully advocating for the right to Kashmiri self-determination
First jailed at 14 years of age, in and out of prison as a result of organizing protests/dissent against the Indian government
Alleged Crime: Currently imprisoned because of alleged money laundering from Pakistan to create unrest in Kashmir
No bail, unclear when he will be tried because of Covid-19 conditions worsening in India
Two cases: 2005 and 2007 instances of money laundering, arrested on July 25, 2017
Has been recognized by Amnesty International as a “prisoner of conscience” or in other words, “a person holding political or religious beliefs that are not tolerated by their government.
- “The traditional Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in Jammu should not get undermined,” Shair Shah
- “India is quite aware of the consequences of war but is deliberately trying to keep up the skirmishes on the LoC so as to divert the attention of the world away from the real issue.” Shabir Shah