What is Enforced Disappearance?

According to the United Nations’ Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, proclaimed by the General Assembly in its resolution 47/133 of 18 December 1992 as a body of principles for all States, an enforced disappearance occurs when:

“persons are arrested, detained or abducted against their will or otherwise deprived of their liberty by officials of different branches or levels of Government, or by organized groups or private individuals acting on behalf of, or with the support, direct or indirect, consent or acquiescence of the Government, followed by a refusal to disclose the fate or whereabouts of the persons concerned or a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of their liberty, which places such persons outside the protection of the law.”

A Brief History of Militarization

Since 1989, Kashmir has been put under heavy military control with over 700,000 Indian troops (as per sources) placed in public and private spaces throughout the Kashmir valley.

Enforced Disappearance Since 1989

In the process of militarizing civilian spaces to fight against a homegrown insurgency since 1989, the Indian army and its state forces have subject 8,000 to 10,000 Kashmiri civilians to enforced disappearance.

The Origins of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons

Of the 8,000 to 10,000 civilians enforced disappeared, Javaid Ahmad Ahangar of 16 years of age was picked up from his home on August 18, 1990 and never to be found again. His mother, Parveena, began an unending search for him and in the process organized an entire group of family members looking for their beloved ones. The result of such an ongoing search is APDP – Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, with Parveena Ahangar as the Founder and Chairperson.


Press Releases

Release of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons

Historically, sexual violence is used as a weapon of war. In Kashmir too sexual violence and its fear is put to use to achieve military objectives. The law and legal machinery is employed as an efficient tool to perpetrate brutality without any accountability and with...

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APDP hold sit in at Partap Park

Asserting that government and its security agencies were responsible for placing imposters who claimed to be the sons of these families whose dear ones have been disappeared  chairperson APDP, Parvena ahangar told media on Wednesday during sit in at partap park here.

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The Endless Wait for Justice: Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir

Media Reports

No expectations from Mehbooba, says APDP chairperson

Chairperson Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Parveena Ahanger Sunday said Kashmiri mothers like her don’t have any expectations from women chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti. Speaking on the occasion of ‘Mother’s Day’, celebrating...

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