ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS
OF DISAPPEARED PERSONS
The Bund Amira Kadal, Srinagar – 190001, Jammu and Kashmir
Today on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) organized a seminar on the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and Institutional Violence and Denial of Justice by India. Various members of the Civil Society addressed the importance of the ratification of the international Convention against Disappearances.
Further, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) today submitted 507 cases of enforced or involuntary disappearances from Baramulla and Bandipora districts to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for conducting investigations.
Odhikar observes International Justice Day International Justice Day is observed throughout the world on July 17th to commemorate the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by the international community. Odhikar has been observing International Justice Day for many years now. The day has added significance this year as the ICC is also celebrating its 10th year with 121 States Parties and 139 signatories. The ICC has been dealing with the most serious crimes of international concern ‐ genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is, however, yet to exercise its jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, a very serious crime that threatens international peace and security.
A Liberating Sacrifice
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
- Martin Luther King
In Philippine history, a number of religious organizations have played an important role not only in building the moral foundation of society, but also in championing the cause of human dignity and liberty especially under the most difficult and trying situations. In the course of championing the cause of human rights, especially of the wretched of the earth, Church people were and continue to be subjected to persecution.
(6 July 2012) On 11 July, Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund will give out Somchai Neelapaijit Award to honor and support outstanding human rights defenders. Dr Charnvit Kasetsiri, the Rector of Thammasat University, will be the President of the Ceremony.
This award started with an open nomination of the general public. There were more than 20 individuals and organizations that were nominated for the award. The Committee member of Somchai Neelapaijit Fund shortlisted five individuals out of which one will be given this award. The rest will be giving certificates in recognition of their works. The five names include individuals and organization that is known publicly as well as those who work behind the scene. They all have recognizable record in the fight for rights in the judicial system, labor rights, community rights, and others.