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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Shazia Janjua
Vivian Taube
Zainab Usman
Emília Pilátová
S. Perry
Naz Fazil
Raees Paul
Rozeena Yasin
adnan qazi
Abida Banihali
Kathleen Watson
Iftekher Ahmed
Constance Mancuso
Sekh Hasanujjaman
jim stuller
Samiya Sajjad
Huzaifa Chalkoo
M. Rasool
Shahrukh Malek
Anisa Lali
Gena Rivera
John Hanson
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Alice Aguzzi
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  • Shazia Janjua
    signed 2019-09-10 16:14:58 -0400
    Shazia Janjua
  • Vivian Taube
    signed 2019-09-09 20:13:42 -0400
  • Zainab Usman
    signed 2019-09-09 18:11:09 -0400
  • Emília Pilátová
    signed 2019-09-09 17:41:06 -0400
  • S. Perry
    signed 2019-09-09 13:49:26 -0400
  • Naz Fazil
    signed 2019-09-09 08:31:54 -0400
    It is a humanitarian crisis. India is planning a genocide. Modi is the Hitler of east. Need to stop him. He is the worst oppressor and butcher of innocent people. He is a lyncher who beats people for eating beef. He needs to be held accountable
  • Raees Paul
    signed 2019-09-09 02:29:16 -0400
    UN fulfill your promise of plebscite to the people of Kashmir
  • Rozeena Yasin
    signed 2019-09-08 22:44:35 -0400
  • adnan qazi
    signed 2019-09-08 22:36:39 -0400
  • Abida Banihali
    signed 2019-09-08 22:16:43 -0400
  • Kathleen Watson
    signed 2019-09-08 19:29:31 -0400
  • Iftekher Ahmed
    signed 2019-09-08 15:40:28 -0400
  • Constance Mancuso
    signed 2019-09-08 11:35:17 -0400
  • Sekh Hasanujjaman
    signed 2019-09-07 16:11:35 -0400
    Stand With Kashmir
  • jim stuller
    signed 2019-09-06 15:14:18 -0400
  • Samiya Sajjad
    signed 2019-09-06 14:54:48 -0400
  • Huzaifa Chalkoo
    signed 2019-09-06 12:29:22 -0400
  • M. Rasool
    signed 2019-09-06 08:28:05 -0400
    M. Azam Rasool
  • Shahrukh Malek
    signed 2019-09-06 00:34:17 -0400
    Shahrukh Malek
  • Anisa Lali
    signed 2019-09-05 23:22:19 -0400
    Indian government got to stop their unjust actions in Kashmir.
  • Gena Rivera
    signed 2019-09-05 19:27:14 -0400
  • John Hanson
    signed 2019-09-05 18:34:19 -0400
  • Leslie Harris
    signed 2019-09-05 10:13:15 -0400
  • Nazim Nizar
    signed 2019-09-05 09:45:19 -0400
  • Nazia Kausar
    signed 2019-09-05 07:29:54 -0400
    Humanity should stand together against this genocide. Have we not learnt anything from our past history!
  • Alice Aguzzi
    signed 2019-09-05 01:57:33 -0400
    " Be the change you want to see in the world" [M. Ghandi]
  • Alisha Farheen
    signed 2019-09-05 01:45:24 -0400
    What happened in Kashmir deeply disappoints me. It truly means humanity is getting lesser day by day. Kashmiris have the total same rights as everyone in the world is having.
  • Kiran Asghar
    signed 2019-09-04 13:18:46 -0400
    Plz safe hummany from dangerous necular war
  • Matthew Musselman
    signed 2019-09-04 12:49:44 -0400
  • Laurel Hats
    signed 2019-09-04 07:56:06 -0400
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