Srinagar, August 31, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has said that Germany, instead of organising a musical concert in the territory, should press India to resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
The APDP spokesperson in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “It is condemnable that the German Government instead of questioning the Indian State on its human rights violations or its complete disregard for the 2008 European Parliament resolution on mass graves chose to organise a musical concert in Kashmir.”
He said that since 1989, the Indian government had put into service more than 700,000 armed personnel in the occupied territory. He pointed out that Indian troops had killed more than 70,000 people, tortured countless Kashmiris and raped many women besides subjecting over 8,000 to enforced disappearances.
He appealed to the international community to exert pressure on India to uphold the internationally recognized human rights principles and standards. “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 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 added.
It is to mention here that the German Embassy, in collaboration with the Indian Government, is organising a musical concert by Zubin Mehta in Srinagar on September 7.
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