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Nava Samasamaja party (Sri Lankan section of the fourth International) starts a campaign to release the Hunsa 5 comrades in Pakistan

June 15, 2012

Call from Nava Samasamaja party in Sri Lanka:



Ameer Khan, Amir Ali, Baba Jan, Ifthikar Hussain and Rashid Minhas (‘Hunza Five’) are five political activists of the Labour Party of Pakistan who have been falsely arrested, beaten and tortured in custody, and currently imprisoned in Gilgit jail in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Their lives are in imminent danger as the authorities have no concern for their safety and protection from death threats and violence within the prison. In fact, the ‘Hunza Five’ should be hospitalized for urgent treatment for the injuries inflicted during their beatings and torture (most recently on 28 April 2012), instead of being incarcerated with no proper medical attention, and no access to lawyers and family members.

What is this crime for which they have been imprisoned? It is to have supported the victims of forced displacement on account of the landslide affecting the Attabad Lake region in the Hunza valley on 4 January 2010; and to have protested against the police killing of two persons during a demonstration against official inaction and for monetary compensation on 11 August 2011.

6,000 people have been displaced and a further 25,000 people have been stranded as a result of an environmental disaster caused by deforestation, soil erosion and climate change. The ‘Hunza Five’ have been raising their voices and mobilizing national attention for the forgotten victims and affected persons.

In this international week (20-27 June 2012) of solidarity with the ‘Hunza Five’, we the undersigned political organizations, social associations and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, demand that the lives and human rights of these campaigners for peoples’ rights be protected, that the charges against them are dropped, and that they are immediately released!


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