Srinagar, June 30, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has welcomed the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on alarming situation of human rights and the need of international inquiry for investigating the custodial disappearances and mass graves in the territory.
An APDP spokesperson in a statement issued in Srinagar said that for more than two decades, the Association had been demanding that Government of India must acknowledge the phenomenon of enforced disappearances in occupied Kashmir and set up an inquiry commission on the crime of custodial disappearances to investigate cases of more than 8,000 disappeared Kashmiris.
She said that the Indian government refused to allow or initiate any investigation into more than 7,000 unmarked and mass graves despite recommendations from Human Rights Commission of the territory in 2011 and 2017 for a comprehensive forensic examination including DNA testing.
The spokesperson said, “The Indian rulers’ constant insensitive approach has always deprived the victim families of truth, justice and reparations, with the result the families of disappeared including parents, half widows and half orphans continue to suffer endlessly in the quest to know the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones. So far, the Indian government has never shown any concern over the plight of thousands of families of the disappeared in Kashmir and instead it has always remained over concerned about the morale of Indian soldiers who are enjoying absolute impunity for their brutal actions.”
She said APDP appreciates that the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights clearly vindicates the fact that the practice of enforced disappearance continues in Kashmir and the perpetrators are never brought to book.
“The report establishes that impunity for enforced or involuntary disappearances in Kashmir continues as there has been little movement towards credibly investigating complaints, including into sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region. APDP values the remarkable call of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council that it should set up a Commission of Inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into all human rights violations and abuses including crime of enforced disappearances in Kashmir,” the APDP spokesperson added.
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