APDP chairperson attends Dublin Platform

Greater Kashmir

‘We want to know the fate of our kith, kin’

Srinagar, Oct 10: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Monday said that its chairperson, Parveena Ahanger, participated in the 2011 Dublin Platform, a biannual event organized by the Frontline Defenders, an international foundation for the protection of human rights.
 “Dublin Platform brought together 130 human rights defenders from 85 countries, who discussed how to build alliances for the future,” a spokesman of APDP said in a statement.
 “Her (Parveena’s) visit included meetings with Noble Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Association, Maina Kai,” he said.
 Ahanger, according to the spokesman, addressed a press meeting at Trinity College, where noted historian Mridu Rai, also spoke. “She (Rai) provided the historical background of the Kashmir conflict,” he said. “Ahanger also spoke on the occasion. She was supported by dedicated groups of volunteers and translators.”
 Clarifying APDP’s stand on the recent discovery of thousands of unmarked graves in Kashmir, the spokesman while quoting the Chairperson said, “It is an important issue but distinct from the APDP’s struggle for the truth and justice for their disappeared relatives.”
 “APDP wants to know what happened to our kith and kin,” he quoted Parveena as having said.