We will fight till our last breath: Parveena

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 11/14/2017 12:37:02 PM

'Award has provided international attention to our cause'

SRINAGAR. Nov 13: On winning this year's Rafto Prize in Norway, the chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Parveena Ahangar said that the award has provided a recognition to the cause and struggle of APDP at an international level.
Parveena said through the speech she gave during the award ceremony the listeners who included journalists, students and people from diverse backgrounds, were made aware of the gross human rights violations committed by Indian security forces in Kashmir.
"This award has provided a recognition to our cause, our struggle, at an international level. It indicates that international community is getting aware of our ordeal, our unending plight," Parveena said.
She said, "The audience was moved on hearing about the issue of enforced disappearances in Kashmir."
The award was presented to Parveena and human rights lawyer Parvez Imroz, on November 5 in Bergen, Norway.
Rafto award is constituted in memory of the Norwegian human rights activist Prof Thorolf Rafto, and is given by the Rafto Foundation, a non-profit organization for promoting human rights around the world.
Parveena founded the APDP in 1994 after her 16 year old son Javaid Ahanger was subjected to enforced disappearance in forces custody.
Parveena along with the parents, half widows and other kin of disappeared youth of the state, has been fighting for the issue of disappeared youth of the state for past nearly 24 years.
"My struggle is not mine alone it is the struggle of every mother who is craving for her beloved son. This is the struggle of every father for who is fighting for his beloved son. This is the struggle of all those half widows who do not know whether they are widows or not," Parveena said.
She said, "I am their companion in this struggle for justice and we will fight till our cause shall see the dawn. Our struggle shall never fade away. We will fight for our beloved children till we are alive."
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons includes the parents and other kin of youth who have been the victims of enforced disappearances since the beginning of the prolonged conflict in Kashmir.
According to the figures available with the APDP and other human rights groups there are around ten thousand cases of enforced disappearance in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pertinently the disappeared youth have been subjected to involuntary dissarreances by Indian security forces and other government agencies.
On 20th of every month, APDP organises a sit-in protest to press for the demands of locating the whereabouts of their missing children.



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