SRINAGAR: Association of Parents of Disappeared persons (APDP) stages a protests at Pratap Park in Srinagar to seek whereabouts of their loved ones. Pertinently, the parents of hundreds of disappeared people are protesting since last many years in Kashmir Valley.
They assembled at the Pratap Park, holding banners, pictures of their disappeared family members to seek international attention. The protesting family members since long are demanding a thorough probe into the disappearance cases.
In a statement issued APDP said, “Since the armed uprising of 1989 against the Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir, around 10,000 cases of enforced disappearance at the hands of Indian troops have been reported.
They said, “The State is not only denying truth and justice to the victims but also assures impunity through draconian laws to the perpetrators. Flesh, bones, and souls reduced to mere statistics”.
Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) by the very act of its being is resisting the state oppression and is also playing an important role in keeping alive the memory of loss that is being erased systematically from the public domain. Every year 30th August is commemorated as the International Day of Disappeared, reads APDP statement.
To commemorate the struggle against Enforced disappearances in Kashmir, APDP appeals to the international community to put pressure on the Indian state to immediately stop all forms of violence against the people of Kashmir.
APDP strongly believes that while documentation of torture and human rights violations that APDP undertakes is very critical to its fight for justice, it is also conscious of the fact that without sustained relief and assistance to families suffering violence, seeking justice will be a meaningless exercise.
APDP is aware of the struggles of women in negotiating everyday life in the context of the ongoing political crisis in Kashmir. With hundreds of young boys being blinded in pellet firings, such victims and their families will become further vulnerable to a range of exclusions and deprivations.
School going Children who have suddenly lost eyesight in pellet firings will be excluded from the whole education system; similarly, young victims of pellet firings who may have been in employment may not be able to continue their jobs.
The families of such victims may not even have material and non-material resources to cope up with such crisis.
“As a collective of families of the victims of enforced disappearances; APDP has the first-hand experience of such deprivations and exclusions. We express our solidarity with such families and resolve to extent our support to the victims” APDP said.
APDP also condemns the recent killing of innocent youth at the hands of Indian troops in North Kashmir. As parents and relatives of the victims of enforced disappearances, we are not unfamiliar with the Indian state’s architecture of oppression.
APDP said that the state has been at war with the memory of the people and it has time and again made attempts to erase this issue from the public memory. APDP is fighting a battle against forgetfulness. Last twenty years of our struggle for justice and liberty is witness to the fact that in Kashmir elaborate oppressive apparatus of Indian State ensures control over every aspect of our lives.
They said, that the fair and impartial trials, which have historically been the cornerstone of civilized regimes across the globe, are impossible in case of Kashmir. We appeal to the world community to support us in exposing Indian State’s crime in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz questions silence of world HR bodies over enforced disappearances in Kashmir
All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today questioned the criminal silence of world human rights bodies over the thousands of enforced disappeared persons in Kashmir by the Government forces whose whereabouts remain untraced even after passing of more than two decades.
On the international day of the disappeared APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that more than ten thousand civilians have been subjected to enforced disappearances in Kashmir since 1990 by the government forces.
Mirwaiz said that for thousands of families the trauma and grief of this great inhuman act continues, as they do not know where their loved ones are or what was done with them. “Most among them keep waiting with the hope that someday they will return”, he adds.
Mirwaiz said mothers and fathers wait for their sons and children for their fathers while thousands of Women have been turned into half widows waiting for their husbands
He said enforced disappearances are one of the worst form of oppression and inhumanity that the people of Kashmir were subjected to and the tragedy that befell these families is beyond words. Mirwaiz demanded justice and accountability for the enforced disappeared and their families and said Government should make public their details.
He said family members of the disappeared continue to stage peaceful protests with a hope that international and Indian human rights bodies will listen to their pleas to trace their loved ones.
Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir share the grief of these families and salute their resilience and courage and will always remember the disappeared in the struggle and for justice said on the other hand there are 8000 unnamed graves, which is result of grave war crimes committed by forces in Kashmir.
He said Kashmir is the world’s highest militarized zones where unabated human rights violations occur each day over the past three decades but the irony is that the silence observed by the world human rights bodies. Mirwaiz said Indian forces are deployed in every inch of Kashmir and there is an atmosphere of terror and fear everywhere in the Valley.
He said the reign of terror unleashed by the forces in Kashmir has no justification as the world forums including the United Nations have accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory and there is no denying the fact that 18 resolutions are pending in the UN security council for implementation.
Given the disputed nature of the Kashmir, Mirwaiz said that forces operating under the garb of black laws like AFSPA carry out the killing of Kashmiris knowing that they will not be held accountable.
He said that Kashmiri people are bearing the brunt of oppression while continuing their fight for their basic political right and justice and while as international bodies continue to remain silent over the worst form of human rights violations, which is very unfortunate.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz condoled the demise of seven people of the same family in a tragic road accident in Rajouri and expressed sympathy with the family’s members of the deceased. (PTK)