Victims of conflict urge UN to investigate HR violation in Kashmir

Decrying injustice, the victims of conflict including the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Tuesday urged United Nations conduct ‘special inquiry’ to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.
Victims of conflict urge UN to investigate HR violation in Kashmir
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Decrying injustice,  the victims of conflict including the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Tuesday urged United Nations conduct 'special inquiry' to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.

Different groups had organized a joint programme here today to highlight the issue of rights violations in Kashmir. Interacting with media persons, Muhammad Ashraf Matoo, father of Tufail Matoo, the 17-year-old boy who was killed in police action in 2010, said that Kashmir has been facing grave human right violations in different forms.

"We have faced various forms of human rights violations, ranging from disappearances, extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions and sexual assault," he said.

"We want to apprise conscientious citizens of our struggle against a state that has used every tactic to silence us," he added.

Representatives from APDP said that around ten thousand civilians have been subjected to enforced disappearance.  They held the army and other security agencies including the police responsible for disappearances. 

The victims, who spoke on the occasion, said that burden of pain is mostly carried by the women — the mothers, wives and daughters of these disappeared persons — who are still starving for their kith and kin, often in abject poverty.

Representatives of APDP said that the Association has staged  protested in parks, persistently followed up on their cases at the State Human Rights Commission, local courts, High Court, as well as the Supreme Court of India, adding, "yet  none of our cases have been resolved, leaving us dispirited and exhausted."

"We are shocked to see that India, lobbying to be given a seat at the Security Council is allowed to get away with such heinous crimes. We believe that given our decades long unyielding struggle for justice against state authorities, it is the international community that can support us by ensuring that we are not forgotten," they said.

They appealed the international community to prevail upon the UN to create a special inquiry to investigate allegations of human rights violations in the region.

The representatives from International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances also spoke on the occasion.

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