World Disappearance Day: Hurriyat Leaders Demand UN Intervention



Hurriyat (m) Leader, Javaid Ahmad Mir participating in Sit-In organized by APDP.

In view of the World Disappearance Day a peaceful sit-in-protest was organized by APDP at Pratap Park Srinagar in which senior Hurriyat (m) leaders including Chairperson of his JKLF faction Javaid Ahmad Mir participated.

Addressing the assembled people, Javaid Mir said, “besides, 10,000 enforced disappearances illegal detentions, forced labour, property damage, and other forms of human rights violations remain a common practice in Kashmir.”

“Unknown, unmarked and mass graves which still await investigation and so far the so-called government is reluctant to conduct any comprehensive forensic examination of these graves,” he said.

“Basic demands of investigations or inquiries have been ignored. In other countries across the world, Governments have set up Commissions to inquire into the phenomenon of disappearances. In Jammu and Kashmir, no such Commission has been set up, and instead the strategy has been to ignore or seek to discredit claims of disappearance,” Javaid Mir added.

Sofi Mushtaq Ahmad, another Hurriyat (m) leader said the international community cannot escape their responsibility to the victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We call on the international community to urge the Government of India to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on enforced or involuntary disappearances to visit Jammu and Kashmir, and to ratify the Convention against Enforced Disappearances,” he said.

Peoples leader, Imtiyaz Reshi
Peoples leader, Imtiyaz Reshi

Peoples leader, Imtiyaz Reshi said, “the world was observing the Day but in the Kashmir families of the disappeared persons were waiting for their near and dear ones.”

Reshi stated more than 8000 unmarked graves have been found dotting the Kashmiri landscape, adding, “it is the moral duty of world community and international rights organization to demand the investigation into such cases to know the fate of the victim of enforced disappeared.”

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