Letter to the Government of India from Harvard University in support of Shah Faesal

Published on: August 16, 2019
The alumni and faculty of Harvard University, US have written to the Government of India demanding the release of Shah Faesal, the politician and former IAS officer who has been kept in a hotel in Srinagar in confinement after being sent back from the Delhi Airport.


Shah Faesal, the founder of the political party ‘J & K Peoples Movement’ has been vocal in his dissent over the situation in Kashmir, more so after the scraping of the special status of Kashmir.

There were speculations as to where he was headed when he was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday, with some saying he was going to Harvard while others claim he wanted to fly to Istanbul. Shah Faesal has been detained under the People’s Security Act.

Nearly 150 students, faculty and alumni members of the Harvard University came out in support of Faesal, who has also been a Harvard student and demanded not only his release but also that of other political leaders who have been arrested.

The contents of the letter are:
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To the Government of India,                                                                      
15 August 2019

We, members of the student, faculty and alumni community of Harvard University, stand in solidarity for a democratic and peaceful means to ensure stability in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

We are concerned about the latest restrictions and arrests of many local leaders including a Harvard student and politician, Shah Faesal.

We urge the Government to release Shah Faesal and other local leaders. We request the government to take credible action keeping in mind the democratic rights of people during the process of bringing peace to the Valley.
 
Students, faculty, alumni and affiliates of the Harvard University,
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The signatories to the letter are from India and also several nations across the world such as Israel, South Africa, France, Pakistan, Palestine, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Spain, Iraq, Cannada and many states of United States of America including Latin America.
Courtesy: Two Circles