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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Farah Majeed
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Dhruv Vasudeva
Diya Reza
Neelam Ahmed
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Nash Kashmiri
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Tabitha Castro
Muhammad Ahmed Khan
Ramisa Ehsan
Tahir Syed
Ghulam Jilani
Michael Wright
Bob Bharti
Aman Khan
Mahmood Hussain
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Rashid Raza
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  • Farah Majeed
    signed 2019-09-28 17:28:20 -0400
    The world must wake up and stop supporting their financial gains. Please value the human life.
  • Jim
    @vetsf tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-28 16:46:52 -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=577446
  • Jim Dorenkott
    signed 2019-09-28 16:45:25 -0400
    Jim Dorenkott
  • Nimrah Khan
    signed 2019-09-28 08:51:08 -0400
  • Dhruv Vasudeva
    signed 2019-09-28 04:45:45 -0400
    Dhruv Vasudeva
  • Diya Reza
    signed 2019-09-28 03:06:25 -0400
  • Neelam Ahmed
    signed 2019-09-28 00:30:09 -0400
  • Syeda Aiza Batool Shamsi
    signed 2019-09-27 23:44:21 -0400
  • Nash Kashmiri
    signed 2019-09-27 21:05:06 -0400
    Nkash
  • Kanta Mustafa
    signed 2019-09-26 17:15:17 -0400
  • Tabitha Castro
    signed 2019-09-23 23:59:05 -0400
    END the Indian occupation of Kashmir and allow the Jashmiri people the sovereignty and self determination, which is their HUMAN RIGHT!
  • Muhammad Ahmed Khan
    @ahmed766543 tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-22 16:23:04 -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=863031
  • Muhammad Ahmed Khan
    signed 2019-09-22 16:22:42 -0400
  • Ramisa Ehsan
    signed 2019-09-22 08:19:48 -0400
  • Tahir Syed
    signed 2019-09-22 08:01:24 -0400
  • Ghulam Jilani
    signed 2019-09-22 07:59:28 -0400
    Being a kashmiri I am badly suffering from kashmir lockdown
  • Michael Wright
    signed 2019-09-21 21:42:48 -0400
  • Bob Bharti
    signed 2019-09-21 20:11:44 -0400
    Try to stop the inhumane treatment of Kashmiris.
  • Aman Khan
    signed 2019-09-21 05:44:18 -0400
    Free Kashmir!
  • Mahmood Hussain
    @freedom4kashmir tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-18 07:06:40 -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=861683
  • Mahmood Hussain
    signed 2019-09-18 07:06:10 -0400
  • Mark Harding
    signed 2019-09-18 03:14:33 -0400
  • Imtiaz Ahmedabadi
    signed 2019-09-18 02:20:58 -0400
  • Tania Smith
    signed 2019-09-17 22:09:52 -0400
  • Diane Pierce
    signed 2019-09-17 21:21:29 -0400
  • Debra Diegoli
    signed 2019-09-17 19:47:27 -0400
    Debra Diegoli
  • Joinal Abedin
    signed 2019-09-17 19:40:23 -0400
    The Indian occupation must stop. The Kashmiri people should have right to have their own land and own government.


    Joinal Abedin
  • Rashid Raza
    signed 2019-09-17 19:10:51 -0400
    Immediately act and end the human rights violation and military occupation in Jammu and Kashmir. #FreeKashmir #SaveKashmir
  • James Faris
    signed 2019-09-17 16:42:46 -0400
  • Karl Hamann
    signed 2019-09-17 16:34:05 -0400
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