‘Urgent need for ICJ interventions in Kashmir’

‘Urgent need for ICJ interventions in Kashmir’
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APDP says after ICJ’s intervention in Kulbushan Yadav case
Srinagar:  Citing the proceedings of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbushan Yadav accused of spying, The Association for Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Saturday called for similar interventions in rights violations in Kashmir.
At a protest rally in press enclave Srinagar, The APDP said that there was an urgent need for a “similar judicial intervention” by the ICJ on questions of international law and its violation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Domestic remedies stand exhausted and/or unable/unwilling to provide justice. The international institutions, specifically those with power to investigate and adjudicate, must be allowed to act in Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement issued by APDP on the occasion said.
Stating that the last week of May is recognized internationally as the International Week of the Disappeared, the statement said that this year, the week comes shortly after the important international intervention (ICJ Yadav) in the region “that must have consequences for the disappeared of Jammu and Kashmir”.
“In addition to the intervention of the ICJ, APDP also demands and appeals international community to urge government of India to allow access of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Special Procedure on enforced disappearances, a constitution of a UNHRC Special Procedure exclusively for Jammu and Kashmir, and a fact-finding or commission of inquiry by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (as in the cases of Sri Lanka and Myanmar where despite local government opposition the inquiries were instituted). These international interventions of “investigation” must be allowed to function pending a judicial determination by the ICJ on the role of the Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir particularly on violations of international law through the phenomenon of enforced disappearances,” the statement said.

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