Parveena Ahangar's speech at State violence, Human rights abuses and struggle for justice

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The KASHMIRIS CONTESTED PRESENT, POSSIBLE FUTURES conference at  Westminster University, London

Parveena Ahangar is the chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). She co-founded the organisation in 1994, four years after her son Javed Ahmad Ahangar was arrested by the Indian Army and was ‘disappeared’. Since then, she has mobilised hundreds of families to protest, hunger strike, demonstrate sit-ins and demand the whereabouts of their vanished loved ones. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. In 2008, she petitioned the United Nations Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances (WGIED) to impress upon India the need to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Public Safety Act, Disturbed Areas Act and other laws that enable impunity in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2013, she met the two UN Special Rapporteurs along with a delegation (for extra judicial, summary or arbitrary executions and for Violence Against Torture) to submit reports and to brief them on ongoing human rights violations in Kashmir. She is known as the ‘Iron Lady’ of Kashmir for her dedicated and defiant quest for justice.

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