Srinagar, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has demanded the initiation of a process of justice mechanisms for victims of enforced disappearance in the territory.

In connection with International Human Rights Day, APDP in a statement reiterated its demand to know the whereabouts of 8000 people who have been subjected to enforced disappearances. “Till date no commission of inquiry has been set up and not a single individual has been convicted,” ADPD spokesperson said.

“Despite repeated requests by the families of the disappeared and huge public and international outrage over the discovery of mass graves in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India refuses to conduct or allow any other neutral party to carry out exhumations to establish the truth. The perpetrators of these heinous crimes continue to escape prosecution,” he added.

“On the occasion of Human Rights Day, we ask the international bodies to play a crucial role in prosecuting individuals responsible for grave violations of human rights,” it said.

“APDP wants that the government of India should abide by the international humanitarian law and human rights law and initiate a process of justice mechanisms for the victims of enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, human rights defender and former Director of Voice of Victims Abdul Qadeer Dar in a statement said, “There are above ten lakh cases, documenting 7000 only would not only tarnish India’s image but it would be a befitting reply to its occupational forces in Kashmir.

Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in their statement deplored that that Kashmiri people were not allowed to do any programme related to International Human Rights Day and once again curfew and restrictions were imposed by Indian authorities in the territory on the day.

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