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Srinagar, July 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has welcomed European Parliament’s (EP) resolution on the issues of nameless graves, enforced disappearances and the recent attack on a human rights activist, Parvez Imroz.

APDP spokesman, Ghulam Nabi Mir on the sidelines of a monthly meeting of the association at Municipal Park here, described the EU’s resolution as a commitment of the international community in support of the human rights advocacy in Jammu and Kashmir. He deplored that on one hand India was introducing new laws like Right to Information Act and on the other, the family members of the disappeared have been denied any information regarding the whereabouts of their disappeared family members who have been subjected to enforced disappearance. Mir said that in Punjab the CBI had confirmed that police carried out the enforced disappearances and later cremated 2097 victims of fake encounters in Amritsar district alone. He said hundreds of families were awaiting probe against the people involved in carrying out enforced disappearances and custodial killings.

Muhammad Lateef Mughal, a resident of Machikrand, Uri said that the troopers picked his two sons, Younis and Hameed on August 18, 1998 from Uri, adding “I left no stone unturned trying to trace them out but no one tells me what happened to them.”

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Srinagar, April 13:Bagga undertakes menial jobs in her native village of Malangam in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Though she works for many hours, she is unable to earn enough for her family that mostly comprises her grandchildren.

The Associated Press

SRINAGAR, India: An international human rights group urged India on Monday to launch an immediate probe into hundreds of unidentified graves discovered in Indian-controlled Kashmir, saying they may be those of innocent people killed by Indian forces.

By Shahnawaz Khan
01 April 2008

A human rights group in Indian administered Kashmir says it has located as many as 1,000 unidentified graves across a frontier district in the region. The group says it suspects that the graves may hold the bodies of people who may have been killed by state security agencies during a two-decade-old islamic insurgency. Shahnawaz Khan reports from Srinagar, in Indian administered Kashmir, on the allegations.

SRINAGAR, India: Human rights workers have found the graves of nearly 1,000 unidentified people scattered in cemeteries across an isolated region of Kashmir, a prominent rights group said Friday, saying some may hold the bodies of innocent people killed by government security forces.

Researchers from the Association of Parents of Disappeared People found the graves during a yearlong survey in the region around the town of Uri, one of the most violent parts of Kashmir. Uri is near the Line of Control, the de facto frontier that divides Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Kashmir - Rehabilitate them

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More than a year has passed since the daughters of a disappeared person from a North Kashmir village apprised the Chief Minister of their miseries.  The Chief Minister has not responded to their letter till date.

NEW DELHI: Eighteen years have passed since Parveena Ahangar’s 16-year-old son Javed was picked up by the security forces in Srinagar. Her search for him took her to jails in different parts of the country but to no avail.

“I have not heard from my son since 1990. Where has he disappeared? No one seems to have an answer. Even if he is dead, at least give me his body,” she said, fighting back tears at a press conference here on Saturday.

Kashmiri mothers hunt for lost sons

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Parveena Ahangar leads a group of women searching for 10,000 missing husbands and sons.

| Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

A woman with sad eyes and the bearing of a Roman general leads her bereaved followers up the stone steps of the sacred Makhdoom Sahib shrine to seek blessings for Kashmir's missing men.

Near the relics of the saint, they weep and wail for the return of husbands and sons who have vanished during the 18-year insurgency against Indian rule.

By our correspondent

A woman’s honour is more sacred than a martyr’s blood, says a Kashmiri woman activist in a documentary, “There was a Queen.”

The film directed by Kavita Pai and Hansa Thapliyal, shown at The Second Floor on Tuesday, depicted the phenomenon of disappearances and “invisible” sufferings of the women in held Kashmir, a Valley, which was “peaceful, serene and full of love.”

By Fayaz Wani

Srinagar, Jan 15: The pro-India chief minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that no custodial disappearance occurred in Kashmir in the year 2007.

Azad said custodial killings in Kashmir have shown a decline by 33 percent and 66 percent, respectively during the same period. He said the year 2007 was the first in the last 20 years during which no custodial disappearance was reported. He said during 2003 there were 17 such cases.

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