Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Parents of Kashmiri missing youth, during a demonstration by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, March 10, 2010. Hundreds of relatives of missing persons demanded the whereabouts of thousands Kashmiris who went missing in the custody of various security agencies since the outbreak of armed rebellion in the late eighties. According the APDP, some 8,000 -10,000 persons went missing after being arrested by Indian security forces and other security agencies since the beginning of the Kashmir conflict in 1989....Photos/ BURHAAN KINU

The APDP was founded in 1994, when large number of parents used to visit the High court to file or to pursue the Habeas Corpus petitions. The relatives used to take the individual efforts in a disorganised manner.

Finally the Patron, a practicing lawyer and a Human Rights activist with the help of chairperson, herself the victim of Enforced disappearances put them on collective forum for collective efforts. The APDP technically is not a human right group but the association of the sufferers wronged by the functioning of the state, who are campaigning for knowing the whereabouts of their missing relatives. Any person victim of the disappearances could be the member of the association.

The association has no political affiliations or political positions. It is an independent group seeking justice from the state