Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) today urged the government to take cue from international tribunals and initiate process of justice mechanisms for victims of enforced disappearance in J&K.
“On the eve of Human Rights Day, APDP reiterates its demand to know the whereabouts of 8000 people who have been subjected to enforced disappearances. The families of the disappeared demand to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. Till date no commission of inquiry has been set up and not a single individual has been convicted,” ADPD spokesperson said in a statement.
“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,” it said.
“On the occasion of Human Rights Day, we want to draw attention to how international bodies have played a crucial role in prosecuting individuals responsible for grave violations of human rights. It is pertinent to highlight the recently concluded ICTY and it was able to deliver justice to victims of war crimes in Yugoslavia,” it said.
“APDP wants that the government in Kashmir and India should abide by the international humanitarian law and human rights law and initiate similar processes of justice mechanisms for the victims of enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement added.