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APDP asks India to set its human rights record straight

Srinagar, February 05, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has said that India set its human rights record straight in occupied Kashmir before seeking permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. APDP in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that New Delhi even refused to even acknowledge human rights violations and basic principles of international law and justice.

“It is in contrast with the manner in which issue of unmarked/mass graves has been dealt with in Jammu and Kashmir. APDP highlighted the issue in two successive reports in 2008 and 2009. European Parliament in a resolution urged Government of India to hold an investigation into unmarked/mass graves in J and K and the European Commission was called upon to offer financial and technical assistance to India. But nothing positive happened,” the APDP added.

“APDP has to date documented more than 7000 graves and an estimated 8000 enforced disappearances in Kashmir. In October 2011, the territory’s commission recommended comprehensive forensic examinations including DNA tests, compensatory justice and prosecutions to enquire into the issue of graves and disappeared persons,” the APDP said.

“On one hand India seeks permanent membership of United Nations Security Council, on the other, refuses to even acknowledge human rights violations and basic principles of international law and justice,” the APDP spokesperson said.

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