The Kashmir valley is today one of the most militarized zone in the world. With about 700,000 armed and paramilitary forces stationed there the ratio of civilian to security personnel is about 1:7 In this highly militarized zone the life and liberty of people is governed by draconian legislations awarding arbitrary and excessive powers of preventive detention, arrest, search, seizure and power to shoot to kill on suspicion use lethal force, such as the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1990. Immunity is inscribed in this legal architecture and this has spawned a culture of impunity. While human rights violations by security forces have been rampant over the last 2 decades there has been no accountability of the same. Despite investigations and judicial enquiries no one has been punished for egregious crimes.


Visitor's Book

Shreya Sharma


30 / 2015

As an organisation APDP provides a very real picture of the kind of Kashmir that has been neglected over the years, which is finding a voice through agencies like APDP to which is separate from the beauty and the landscape it is admired for. They provide no pretence over the fact that the work that APDP does is very difficult and harsh in terms of facing different agents of state. The internship, especially the fieldwork exposure the organization is able to provide is.



Presidential Award by JK High Court Bar Association 1998


24 / 2016

Press Releases


10 / 2016

International Human Rights Day is observed around the globe today on December 10. On this occasion, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) pays tribute to thousands of the disappeared of Jammu and Kashmir. Around 8,000 to 10,000 cases of enforced disappearances have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989 when the freedom movement turned into an armed struggle against the Indian rule. This tribute is a reminder to the fact that we have to keep struggling until justice is.




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