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Kashmir rights group expels chairperson

by Haroon Mirani

Jan 10, 2007:

The Association of the Parents of Disappeared Persons Kashmir (APDP) had a major change in its executive body today, with former chairperson Parveena Ahanger ousted from the executive body.

In a meeting held at Srinagar today APDP chose a new eight member executive body among whom the new president will be decided.

Parveena Ahanger, the founder chairperson of APDP was not present in the meeting and her name does not figure in the new body. Ahanger has been the Chairperson of APDP since it was formed in 1994.

The change is being attributed to differences between former chairperson and the parent group, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

The new exective body of APDP comprises of Gulshan, Shaheena, Tahira Begum, Malik Yasin, Mohammed Iqbal Kumhar, Ghulam Nabi Mir, Wali Khan and Bashir Ahmad Mir. Besides journalist and activist Zahir-ud-din has been nominated as the spokesman and Parvez Imroz as the legal adviser to APDP.

The body will announce the new president shortly.

The newly formed body also hailed United Nations for adopting the International Convention for protection of all persons from enforced disappearance on Dec 19 2006. “the new convetion will act as a pressure for India who is not a signatory to the convention yet’’ APDP spokesman said adding that 104 countries have signed the convention already.

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies and APDP, said the groups had lobbied for the adoption of the convention, which materialised on December 19.

The APDP executive informed that the members will assemble at 10th of every month in Srinagar for a sit in protest. Earlier the group assembled on 25th of every month in a public park in Srinagar demanding whereabouts of their disappeared kin.

APDP estimated that around 10000 people have been subjected to enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir by various security agencies. Today the group said it will carry out a door to door survey to find out the exact number of disappearances in the region.


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