UN Security Council: Stand with Kashmir

To the United Nations Security Council:

While Kashmiris are struggling for their freedom against India’s aggression, we, a collection of concerned people from all walks of life, are calling on the UN Security Council to take IMMEDIATE action and work to end the Indian blockade of Kashmir and help Kashmiris finally obtain self-determination after seven decades of occupation. Today, Indian occupied Kashmir is the most heavily militarized region in the world, with over 700,000 Indian troops deployed in the region, threatening the safety and autonomy of the Kashmiri people. This conflict is one of the most dangerous flashpoints in the world: we must do everything we can to avoid the risk of escalation between the nuclear-armed Indian and Pakistani forces.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, causing Kashmir to be split between the two nations — two thirds to India and one third to Pakistan. Because of this, Kashmir’s self-determination and safety has been under attack for seven decades. Indian occupation forces have violated the human rights of Kashmiris, without being held accountable by India and the international community. To date, 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict, 8,000 have disappeared, and countless Kashmiri women have been raped by Indian forces.

While under occupation, Kashmiris had some small protection: Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which granted Kashmir political, economic, and judicial autonomy. But on August 5th, Indian Prime Minister Modi’s ultranationalist government revoked Article 370, stripping Kashmir of its special status and taking away the little autonomy Kashmiris had. Along with this also comes the dissolution of Article 35A, which allows Kashmiris to have resident rights and control over their own physical territory. Now many Kashmiris fear that Hindu nationalists will set up settlements, similar to the illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine, and expedite India’s settler-colonial project.

Since the revocation of Article 370, India has cut off all lines of communication coming into and out of Kashmir, from cell service, to internet, to landlines. Political leaders in Kashmir across the spectrum have been jailed, and the Kashmiri people have been subject to strict curfews by the Indian military. This hides the actions of the Indian military from the international community and sets the stage for an escalation of violence against Kashmir, a dangerous opportunity for tensions between India and Pakistan to escalate to another war, this time with the added threat of nuclear arsenals.

India is enacting a dangerous, nationalistic agenda to further colonize a people that have been living under India’s occupation and whose communities have been terrorized and stripped of their human rights. The UN Security Council must take immediate action to protect Kashmir from this vicious attack, for the human dignity of the Kashmiri people and for the safety of the world population in a nuclearized world.

Sincerely,

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Ana Álvarez
Haiqa Masoodi
Amina Toor
Mac Mohsin
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Mohammad Abdi
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Aatika Banu
M. Adaline Jyurovat
Sanya Seth
Anastasia Lawhead
Talat Alvi
Luke Blanchford
Arshad Hussain
Sabeen Ahmed
Jim Loveland
Sandip Aujla
Shuntae Cottingham
Ghada Madkour
Izzah Shamaz
Anjum Rafiqi
Syed Qadri
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Ayesha Aziz
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  • Ana Álvarez
    signed 2020-08-14 20:07:42 -0400
  • Haiqa Masoodi
    signed 2020-06-26 11:52:49 -0400
  • Amina Toor
    signed 2020-05-20 18:08:38 -0400
  • Mac Mohsin
    signed 2020-04-15 13:08:50 -0400
    Lock down on Kashmiri people is still there for the last 9 months. People of Kashmir are starving since last 9 months. The Indian armed forces are shooting at Kashmiri people when they step out of their houses. The elected officials were arrested and nobody knows their whereabouts…. We need international attorneys to file a lawsuit against the Modi government on behalf of the Kashmiris.
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-03-27 09:27:54 -0400
    Do not be Deceived nor Compromised. Pray always when you got time
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @Alexistori5 tweeted link to this page. 2020-03-27 09:27:10 -0400
    Join CODEPINK in calling on the UN Security Council @UN to act for #Kashmir NOW by opposing the Indian #occupation & blockade of Kashmir & by facilitating a path to self-determination for Kashmiris. Sign our petition. #StandWithKashmir! #Apartheid #India https://www.codepink.org/kashmir?recruiter_id=767336
  • Mohammad Abdi
    signed 2020-02-15 14:13:00 -0500
  • Maryam Khan
    signed 2020-02-12 13:54:48 -0500
  • Manu S-M
    signed 2019-12-20 11:45:08 -0500
  • Denica Korunoska
    signed 2019-12-18 23:51:05 -0500
    stand with kashmir
  • Nancy Liela Nelson
    signed 2019-11-24 08:19:18 -0500
    The world has ignored the utter repression of the Indian people for too long.
  • Aatika Banu
    signed 2019-11-14 10:41:44 -0500
    AATIKA BANU
  • M. Adaline Jyurovat
    signed 2019-11-09 15:05:18 -0500
  • Sanya Seth
    signed 2019-11-06 08:24:39 -0500
  • Anastasia Lawhead
    signed 2019-11-05 16:49:41 -0500
    Anastasia M Lawhead
  • Talat Alvi
    signed 2019-10-29 21:29:50 -0400
  • Luke Blanchford
    signed 2019-10-28 22:19:06 -0400
  • Arshad Hussain
    signed 2019-10-28 02:29:05 -0400
  • Sabeen Ahmed
    signed 2019-10-23 16:48:00 -0400
  • Jim Loveland
    signed 2019-10-15 17:42:43 -0400
  • Sandip Aujla
    signed 2019-10-14 10:25:34 -0400
    I am Indian but I’m not blinded by false nationalism. Priyanka Chopra’s comments are horrendous and the actions of the Indian government under Modi are criminal.
  • Shuntae Cottingham
    signed 2019-10-13 19:47:56 -0400
  • Ghada Madkour
    signed 2019-10-10 21:15:07 -0400
  • Izzah Shamaz
    signed 2019-10-10 11:03:37 -0400
  • Anjum Rafiqi
    signed 2019-10-10 01:09:37 -0400
  • Syed Qadri
    signed 2019-10-08 22:31:15 -0400
    Please save Kashmiri children and precious lives in Kashmir
  • Sabeena Fazili
    signed 2019-10-08 22:23:40 -0400
  • Ayesha Aziz
    signed 2019-10-08 19:19:49 -0400
  • Cathy McGuire
    signed 2019-10-08 13:42:18 -0400
    More war leads to even more problems

    than before. The UN must do what it can to stop this planned genocide.
  • Safiya Nehar
    signed 2019-10-08 09:42:56 -0400
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