The association of parents of disappeared persons along Indian Association of People’s Lawyers IAPL called upon the Indian government to act as per principles of law and justice, and enquire into the cases of enforced disappearances, ensure speedy justice to victims and prosecute the perpetrators of enforced disappearances.
The association on the eve of the International week of disappeared pledged to continue its struggle and commemoration of the disappeared loved ones until the truth is revealed and justice delivered.
In a statement issued here the spokesperson APDP said last week of May every year is recognized internationally as the International Week of the Disappeared and it provides an opportunity to remember the disappeared, and acknowledge the struggle of their families.
The spokesperson said that it was an occasion to recommit to the fundamental right not to be subjected to enforced disappearances, the right to know the truth and the right to justice and reparation. It is an occasion to continue to demand that governments sign, ratify and implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and criminalize the practice of enforced disappearances.
The spokesperson also stressed that despite repeated recommendations from the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for a comprehensive forensic investigation into 7000+ unknown, unmarked and mass graves, found across various districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the government seems to be unwilling to initiate any such effective inquiry.