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A half-widow wishes 'to see him dead or alive'

In an ideal Kashmir, surrounded by beautiful mountains, who can't romanticize the idea of living in heaven. But, in contrast to this popular idea, with the time darkness swifts to dawn, 32-year-old Shameema Akhtar, sitting in the right corner of the semi-dark room of her one-storey house in the Srinagar, only remembers 18 years of sufferings.

APDP protests against disappearances - The Kashmir Monitor

Srinagar, July 03: Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam Tuesday chaired a marathon meeting to discuss the follow up action on the recently concluded 'Back to Village' Programme. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Planning Development & Monitoring Department, Commissioner/Secretary, Revenue, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Commissioner/Secretary Labour & Employment, Secretary, Agriculture Production/Horticulture, Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, DC Srinagar, DC Samba and other senior officers from Civil Secretariat, Srinagar.

25 years of work made us to understand there is close connection between torture & enforced disappearances: APDP

Srinagar: The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Thursday said that in the last 25 years of working on the issue of enforced disappearances in Jammu & Kashmir, it has come ...

Parveena Ahangar & Parvez Imroz

Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz have long been at the forefront of the struggle against arbitrary abuses of power in a region of India that has borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarisation and international tension.

In a 'milestone' order, SHRC calls for enquiry in enforced disappearances in Kashmir

Srinagar: JK SHRC Thursday passed a crucial order directing Senior Superintendent of Police of the SHRC police wing to hold an enquiry, if necessary, into 132 cases of disappearance in Banihal Tehsil (Ramban district, Jammu division) and 507 cases of disappearance in Baramulla and Bandipora districts (Kashmir division) and file a report within three months.

SHRC directs its SSP to probe enforced disappearances, file report within 3 months: APDP

Srinagar The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday passed a crucial order directing SSP of its police wing to hold an enquiry "if necessary" into 132 cases of disappearance in Banihal (Jammu), and 507 cases of disappearance in Baramulla and Bandipora districts of Kashmir, and file a r...

SHRC directs its SSP to probe enforced disappearances, file report within 3 months: APDP

Srinagar The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday passed a crucial order directing SSP of its police wing to hold an enquiry "if necessary" into 132 cases of disappearance in Banihal (Jammu), and 507 cases of disappearance in Baramulla and Bandipora districts of Kashmir, and file a r...

APDP held a sit-in at Pratap Park Srinagar to seek whereabouts of their missing relatives - Latest News

Srinagar: Scores of members Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Tuesday staged a silent protest in Srinagar against the human rights violation in Kashmir. The protesters including men, women assembled at Srinagar's Pratap Park and staged silent protest and demanded government to find out their beloved ones who are disappeared since years.

APDP Protests To Seek Whereabouts Of Dear Ones

SRINAGAR - Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) held a sit-in on Tuesday at Pratap Park in Srinagar to demand the whereabouts of their relatives who have allegedly disappeared in the custody of government forces. Scores of relatives of disappeared persons holding banners and photos of their disappeared loved ones assembled at Partap Park here demanding whereabouts of their missing relatives.

Meet the man photographing the families torn apart by Kashmir conflict

This is Photobomb, a series about the photojournalists who spend their days in crazy, dangerous or just plain weird situations to document the world. There was a time when Showkat Nanda didn't think he would live to see his 15th birthday.

APDP welcomes UN HC's Kashmir Report, urges probe disappearances & mass graves | KashmirWatch

KW News from Indian occupied Kashmir Srinagar (PR): The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) today welcomes the comprehensive report of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on alarming situation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and the need of International inquiry for investigating large scale human rights violations including enforced disappearances & mass graves.

JKCCS and APDP welcome UN report on Human Rights

Srinagar, June 14: JKCCS and APDP welcomed today's important report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. This is the firs

JKCCS, APDP Welcome UN Report

SRINAGAR - Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) have welcomed report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. This is the first report by the United Nations exclusively on Indian administered (IaK) and Pakistan administered (PaK) Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

India: Act on UN Rights Report on Kashmir

(New York) - The Indian government should immediately act on the recommendations in the first-ever report by the United Nations on human rights in Kashmir, Human Rights Watch said today. India has long accused Pakistan of providing material support, arms, and training to the insurgency that has resulted in more than 50,000 deaths since 1989.

JKCCS and APDP welcome UN report on Human Rights

Srinagar JKCCS and APDP welcomed today's important report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. This is the first report by the United Nations exclusively on Indian administered (IaK) and Pakistan administered (PaK) Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The disappeared artist and the seamstress: her wait ended with death

It was a long wait typical of thousands of half-widows in Kashmir, who spend their lives in hope and despair. Dilshada Begum waited for 26 years for the return of her husband but he never came. Neither did much of any help come.

The 8,000 Disappeared Kashmiri at the Hands of the Indian Government

The Indian army has systematically carried out the disappearances of over eight thousand Kashmiris. Where are the bodies? In Kashmir, the fishermen row their bright, jewel-colored shikaras in lakes ensconced by the ice-tipped peaks of the Himalayas. In the summer, the mountains are cloaked in hues of pink and green; in the winter, they are shrouded by wispy grey plumes of low-hanging clouds.

Probe all cases of enforced disappearances: APDP to Govt

APDP Sunday said last week of May every year is recognized internationally as the International Week of the Disappeared. APDP in its statement said this week provides an opportunity to remember the disappeared, and acknowledge the struggle of their families.

Calendar of the Disappeared keeps memory alive in Kashmir - Wande Magazine

"Primarily, it is the parents who keep waiting for their children. There was a threat that the issue of the enforced disappearance will fade out from the collective memory as older parents of the victims were dying," - Parveena Ahanger.

Life spent in search for son, Rehti became an inspiration

Srinagar: Rehti Begum, 70, waited 24 years for one last glimpse of her disappeared son, Ramzan Sheikh, before she died. But that could not come true for she died last month without seeing her son, who was picked up by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 1996, never to return.

Will India identify bodies in Kashmir's mass graves, like it did in Iraq?

Razia has often asked the same question in her decades-long search for her father whom she suspects was "disappeared" by the state in India-administered Kashmir. Nearly 6,000 single or mass graves have been found since 2008 in the disputed region.

WHERE ARE OUR BELOVED? Parents of disappeared persons stage protest | Greater Kashmir

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Saturday staged a protest in press colony here to demand whereabouts of their disappeared family members. Holding banner and placards the protestors including elderly men and women assembled in the colony and asked the government to give whereabouts of their kith and kin who were subjected to alleged enforced disappearances since 90s.

APDP protests against 'enforced disappearances' in Srinagar

Srinagar The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in Press Colony Srinagar demanding justice and information about their disappeared family members. Scores of the protestors assembled at press colony holding banners and placards and demanded to trace out their kith and kin who were subjected to enforced disappearances since 1989 in Kashmir.

28 years of heartache ended with heart-attack: The great tragedy of Rehti Begum

Kashmir's APDP family loses another member today following the death of Budgam's Rehti Begum due to a heart attack. In her passage, she has joined the fate of those departed mothers who faded into obscurity sans reuniting with their enforced disappeared sons.

Parveena Ahnager speaking at University of Warwick, UK

SRINAGAR: Kashmir's Rafto Award winner human rights activist is in London, attending a seminar. Chairperson association of parents of disappeared parents (APDP), Parveena Ahanger is speaking at a conference titled "Post-Colonial Politics, Development and Emerging Powers" at the University of W...

Parveena Ahnager speaking at University of Warwick, UK

SRINAGAR: Kashmir's Rafto Award winner human rights activist is in London, attending a seminar. Chairperson association of parents of disappeared parents (APDP), Parveena Ahanger is speaking at a conference titled "Post-Colonial Politics, Development and Emerging Powers" at the University of W...