Srinagar, June 19, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) has called upon the ASEAN’s Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to act against increasing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
The AFAD, a Philippine-based regional organization advocating for a world without disappearances, has urged the puppet administration to stop the occurrence of forced disappearances in the occupied territory. It demanded of the puppet regime not only to make promises on paper but to take genuine actions to these promises of protecting the people’s rights.
AFAD sought the intervention of international organizations as the puppet authorities had callously refused to constitute a commission to conduct probe into the custodial disappearances. It also condemned the black law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) imposed in occupied Kashmir, saying that the Act provides impunity to the army personnel for their actions and it must be repealed.
AFAD quoting the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons said that 10,000 people had been subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian troops since 1989. It deplored that the puppet regime had failed to initiate any serious investigation into the crimes perpetrated by Indian armed forces in Kashmir.
“Disappearance is even more of a grave issue with adverse psychological implications as the relatives live in uncertainty not knowing whether to mourn for their dead or pray for their survival,” according to the organization.
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