Dr. Kafeel Khan has approached the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) to inform them about the “widespread violations of international human rights standards in India and misuse of draconian laws like NSA and UAPA to suppress voices of dissent”. The development comes after, khan was recently absolved of all charges filed against him under the National Security Act (NSA).
On June 26, the UN body had issued a letter to the Indian government that mentioned 11 cases of serious allegations of human rights violations. several of these allegations had even failed due processes while allegations of “torture and ill-treatment” were also cited in the letter. The case of Dr. Kafeel Khan and Sharjeel Imam were amongst the 11 cases that were mentioned by the international body.
Khan while thanking the UN rights body for its role in his release, has also urged the body to protect the rights of those being persecuted for peacefully protesting against CAA. HIn his letter, has referenced various process failings during arrests and dentition.
“Authorities continue to invoke counter-terrorism and national security legislations using procedural police powers against these human rights defenders for raising issues which would affect India’s poorest and most marginalized community, violating international human rights standards,” the letter read.
He has further mentioned the foul conditions in which he was kept in jail. Khan stated that he was “physically and mentally tortured”. “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 the NSA and all 3 extensions of detention quashed by the high court, which called the whole process illegal,” he added.
The doctor was suspended from his job following his arrest and although the charges against him have been absolved, the suspension has not been revoked yet.