What We DoAs a UN-backed human rights organization we specialize in the following:
- APDP actively campaigns for an end to the practice and crime of involuntary and enforced disappearances at local, national and international platforms.
- APDP has been engaged in documenting enforced disappearances in Kashmir since 1989 and has collected information on over one thousand such cases so far.
- On the 10th of each month, families of the disappeared come together under the aegis of APDP to hold a public protest in Srinagar to commemorate the disappearance of their loved ones and to seek answers from the state about the whereabouts of the missing persons.
- APDP provides basic support to families of the enforced disappeared, especially those who were left destitute when their primary providers and breadwinners (often men) were enforced disappeared.
- APDP provides medical support to the families of the enforced disappeared who cannot get such support by themselves. Among such families are elderly parents who have been waiting for their loved ones for over two decades.
- APDP maintains regular contact with the families of the enforced disappeared through its main office in Srinagar and checks on their status.
- APDP provides free expert consultation to a variety of scholars, researchers, artists, journalists, writers, film-makers, etc. who are interested in the topic of enforced disappearance in Kashmir to raise awareness about this serious violation of human rights.
- Under the leadership of our founder, Parveena Ahangar, APDP attends multiple international events at different conferences and institutions.
- APDP offers internship and volunteer work opportunities to those interested in helping the organization.
Ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
“Currently, the Indian state has signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (OHCHR, 2007) but has not ratified it. Enforced disappearances are a ‘complex crime’ involving two elements: ‘deprivation of liberty by state’ or state-authorised agents, and ‘refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty’ or ‘concealment of the fate of the disappeared person’ (International Commission of Jurists, 2015, p. 10). Families of those disappeared are victims as discussed in international legal frameworks. They are also survivors, fighting the Indian state’s attempts to erase its record of enforced disappearances or deny its scale. They fight for acknowledgement of the enforced disappearances and of the return of their loved ones. They are witness to Indian state violence in Kashmir embodied in the enforced disappearance of their loved ones.“
— Goldie Osuri, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick (Feminist Review 119, 2018)
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