The Public Commission on Human Rights (PCHR) was formed in January 2001. PCHR provides legal support and counseling to victims and their families. In addition, PCHR is responsible for the compiling, editing and publishing of The Informative Missive.


Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) was established in 1994, when a large number of parents/relatives of disappeared persons used to visit the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to file or to pursue Habeas Corpus petitions. It was felt that there was a need for a collective to campaign on the issue of disappearances – whether in the courts or otherwise. APDP is technically not a human right group but an association of persons demanding the truth and whereabouts of the disappeared. Any family member of a disappeared person can be a member of the association.

APDP is a founding member of the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).


 The International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir (IPTK) was founded in April 2008. IPTK seeks to examine charges of structural and institutionalized violence in Jammu and Kashmir and engage with the international community. Please see www.kashmirprocess.org for more details.