Srinagar: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Tuesday staged a sit-in protest here in Pratab Park against the human rights violations and demanded end to the enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
The sit-in protest demanded end to the practice of enforced disappearances and urged the government to reveal the whereabouts of all those who have forcefully been taken by security forces. The asked the authorities to return them to their families.
“We have got a ray of hope by the statement of UN high commissioner for human rights regarding the disappeared persons and human rights violation in Kashmir,” said Parveena Ahanger, chairperson APDP. Furthermore the abuses against women and youth must be stopped, she added.
APDP appreciates the inclusive report of the office of the United Nation (UN) High Commission for Human Rights on alarming situation of human rights in Kashmir, and the need of independent inquiry for large scale human rights violation including enforced disappearance.
“There is almost total impunity for enforced and involuntary disappearances with little movement towards credibly investigating complaints including into alleged sites of mass graves,” Zeid Raad Al Hussein, UN High commissioner for Human Rights had said.
A mother of a disappeared person Mohd Ramzan Sheikh waited for last 26 years to see return of his son. In June 2016 Rahti Begum died without seeing her son. She was from Kawoosa Narbal and is survived by seven daughters and Ramzan was her only son. Her husband died of depression one year after the disappearance of Ramzan Sheikh.
“My mother died last month. She was hopeful of her sons return even on her death bed,” Raja Begum Sister of Sheikh said. “whether our brother is dead or alive, we want to see him once”. She added.
Another Vitim Hajra Begum 80 says her husband was charred to death and her four sons were subjected to enforced disappearance.
“I was allowed to visit see one of my sons in apolice station and after that I don’t know whereabouts of any of them. I want to see them dead or alive,” Hajra Begum of Bandipora said.
APDP appreciated the call of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for setting set up an inquiry commission for conducting an independent international investigation into all allegations of human rights violation and crime of involuntary disappearances in Kashmir.
“APDP strongly denounces the Indian states frivolous and indifferent response to the UN report and terms it as unfortunate, the successive Indian Government in power has always used delay, intimidation and violence to scuttle fair and proper investigation into the human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir”. Association alleges in a statement.
“It is unfortunate that our voice is being hushed from more than last twenty five years and now we request the UN to take a favourable step for us,” said one of the protesters. We urge that moral pressure be brought upon the Indian state to act as per the principles of law and justice, she added.
The recent report of UN-OHCHR published on June 14, forms an integral part of APDP’s relentless campaign against enforced disappearances. Global community must not escape the responsibility of urging Government of India to end the unprecedented cycle of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure respect to all internationally guaranteed rights by allowing independent International investigation into all the alleged human rights violations.