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This is the statement issued by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir. On 30th August 2012, APDP submitted 507 cases of enforced disappearances from Baramulla and Bandipora districts to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for investigations into the causes and circumstances which led to their disappearances. APDP had urged SHRC to investigate whether these people are dead or alive and if they have been killed, then it should be ascertained whether these people have been buried in unmarked graves and mass graves in entire Jammu and Kashmir through DNA tests. Initially the state government and SHRC

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The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)- an India based group, has welcomed the report “Alleged Perpetrators” released by the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir (IPTK) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)  about the continuous impunity enjoyed by the paramilitary forces and the police in the Jammu and Kashmir. PUDR, in its statement, acknowledges that this is the first ever study in India which has broken the cover of anonymity which protects the perpetrators by raising the principle of ‘individual criminal responsibility’ which is well established under International Criminal Law starting with

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Jammu, Dec 24 (KNS): In yet another shocking and shameful incident, a girl was allegedly gang raped on Saturday evening in Jammu after being abducted. Police has registered the case and initiated investigation. Meanwhile State’s Women Commission (SWC) has condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of culprits apart from strict against them. Sources told KNS, a girl (name withheld) in Rajan village of Jammu was allegedly gang raped by Gyan Singh and Shammi. “Accused first abducted the girl and then gang raped her in a minibus. Singh forcefully took her in the minibus while Shammi was already present in

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As India is going through a series of protests against the rapes- several women who were raped by the different Indian armed forces in different conflict places of India are still waiting for justice. In a recent report, “alleged Perpetrators- Stories of Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir” released by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir (IPTK), nine such cases of rapes (by men in uniform) were reported. We are publishing one of the cases, below, from the report (page 170). Case No. 146 Victim Details [Name withheld] [Rape] Spouse: [Name withheld] Resident of: Nopora,

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This is the Press Release by People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), demanding commutation of Afzal Guru’s death sentence. PUDR strongly condemns the death sentence to Mohammad Afzal as unfair and unjust and demands the commutation of his sentence. Not only does PUDR oppose capital punishment in principle as violating the right to life, as based on ‘an eye for eye’ revengeful ‘justice’; as inhumane, brutal, arbitrary, and discriminatory, but having followed the case closely we have observed the denial of justice to Afzal. We therefore appeal for clemency for Afzal. To begin with, of those whose mercy petitions have

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A Dharna to register protest against killings of Innocent Civilians in Kashmir at Jantar Mantar was organised by ANHAD. The dharna was two hour long where representatives from various civil society groups gathered to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Following people expressed their views in protest: Shabnam Hashmi (ANHAD), Harsh Kapoor (South Asia Citizen Web), Navaid Hamid ( member, NIC), Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy (JNU), Prof. Anuradha Chenoy (JNU), Tanveer Hussain Khan (ANHAD), Indu Prakash (IGSSS), Madhu Chandra (North Eastern Helpline), DivyavVinod (YWCA), Sanjay Kumar (AAA), Amitabh Pandey (Free Lancer), Ravi Himadri (The other Media), Prof. Rizwan

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For the last three days authorities have imposed strict curfew in the valley with the help of Army. People are imprisoned in their homes- causing many household problems. From the shortage of medicines to baby foods nothing is availiable. Though, government is claiming the presence of army on roads is just to calm the protestors but it has caused serious inconvenience to civillians. Journalists have been barred to go out and perform their duties. Hospital administrations face difficulties due to absence of paramedic staff and doctors. Doctors were not allowed to go to hospitals and moreover many of them were

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Speaking first time on the pro-freedom protests in Kashmir valley, state Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while addressing a press conference here at Srinagar on Tuesday evening apologized to people for the recent killings in valley and said, “Mein haath jod ke logo se appeal karta hun ki woh meri government ki madaad kare” (I hand foldedly appeal people of valley to help my government). He called the press conference following the turmoil in the valley after eleven teenagers were killed by Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) and JK Police in Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad and Srinagar in just nineteen days. While

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