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Hurriyat to petition UN for Kashmir's disappeared

Srinagar, August 08, 2007:

The moderate faction of Kashmir’s separatist alliance All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) would present a petition, signed by the relatives of Kashmir’s disappeared, to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said that the alliance would get signatures of the family members of the disappeared and present it in the form of a petition to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

The copies of the petition would also be presented to OIC General Secretary, heads of various human rights organisations, Indian and Pakistani parliamentarians, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian President Pratibha Patil.

Human rights groups say around 10,000 persons have disappeared in Indian administered Kashmir since the outbreak of insurgency against Indian rule in the region in 1989.

Addressing a rally outside the ruling coalition allies Peoples Democratic Party headquarters and inside the park named after the founder of the opposition National Conference Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah – Sher-e-Kashmir Park – Mirwaiz said that the mainstream political parties in the region were doing nothing to help these people trace their relatives.

Besides Mirwaiz, the petition was today signed by prominent separatist leaders Abdul Gani Bhat, Shia cleric and former Hurriyat Chairman Moulvi Abbas Ansari, National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Fazal Haq Qureshi.

Mirwaiz said that in the last 18 years, the Indian leadership had not even spoken 18-words on the issue of enforced disappearance in Kashmir.

“We expect them to speak on the issue. Indian leadership should take a decision on it.

“We would also seek the intervention of the international community on it and ask international human rights organisations like the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and Red Cross to visit different jails in the region where thousands of innocent Kashmiri youth are held under detention without any cases registered against them,” he added.

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