The Chairman of Kashmir Council-EU, Mr Ali Raza Syed has expressed his solidarity with the victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances and their relatives.
Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Indian-Administrated Kashmir region has seen a dramatic increase in enforced and involuntary disappearances since 1989.
Mr Ali Raza Syed issued a statement after a meeting with the KC-EU’s core committee in Brussels on the International Day of Disappeared People. He said, ‘investigations have revealed unidentified mass graves, believed to contain the remains of victims of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and other abuses which have occurred in the context of armed conflict continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989′.
A recent report has revealed that more than 8,000 Kashmiris have disappeared. The relatives claim that their loved ones had been subjected to enforced disappearances committed by the armed forces of India. International human rights organisations are giving a lot of accounts of what is happening on the ground, but most of the time there are being denied access.
The Chairman of Kashmir Council-EU Ali Raza Syed said he supported the action demanded by the Chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons in Jammu and Kashmir (APDP) Mrs Parveena Ahangar, India must fulfil its obligations under International Human Rights laws. In 2017, Mrs Parveena Ahangar and Mr Parvez Imroz, the President of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) have been awarded by the RAFTO foundation in Norway.
The Chairman of Kashmir Council-EU added:
‘The International Community needs to play its role and put pressures for intensive investigations into the allegations of human rights violations committed by the armed forces of India which continue in an atmosphere of impunity. The families of enforced and involuntary disappearances are still waiting for their loved ones, they should be granted full reparation. The state authorities must ensure that all detentions meet the minimum requirement of international legal standards, proper treatment, and prosecution, prompt access to lawyers and independent courts, as well as accountability for any violation of such procedures. India’s recent attempt to remove 35A from its constitution is just another way to abolish the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the identity of Kashmiris.’