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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Margo Salone
Farouk Sheikh
Harun sheikh
Muhammad Islam
Inayah Sheikh
Gary Thaler
Tafazzul Hussain
Ana Valdes
Niki Jones
Timothy Stinson
Brian Boortz
Siman Kury
Adeeb Rana
Sylvaine Wech
Abe Qutub
Yasmin Saikia
Sobia Fareed
Zafar Iqbal
Safiy Parray
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Sarah Swanson
Shabana Akhter
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Sameed Shariq
Mohamad Wani
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Irshadul Haq
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  • Margo Salone
    signed 2019-09-17 16:29:27 -0400
  • Farouk Sheikh
    signed via 2019-09-17 15:54:16 -0400
  • Harun sheikh
    signed via 2019-09-17 15:52:25 -0400
    Live and let live
  • Muhammad Islam
    signed 2019-09-17 15:47:42 -0400
  • Inayah Sheikh
    signed 2019-09-17 15:45:16 -0400
    Demilitarize, Decolonize and let people of Kashmir decide their future according to Un resolutions.
  • Gary Thaler
    signed 2019-09-17 14:48:51 -0400
  • Tafazzul Hussain
    signed 2019-09-17 14:42:18 -0400
    Tafazzul Hussain
  • Ana Valdes
    signed 2019-09-17 14:40:47 -0400
  • Niki Jones
    signed 2019-09-17 14:33:50 -0400
  • Timothy Stinson
    signed 2019-09-17 14:20:39 -0400
  • Brian Boortz
    signed 2019-09-17 13:36:07 -0400
  • Siman Kury
    signed 2019-09-17 13:28:03 -0400
  • Adeeb Rana
    signed 2019-09-17 13:25:24 -0400
  • Sylvaine Wech
    signed 2019-09-17 13:02:43 -0400
  • Abe Qutub
    signed 2019-09-17 12:58:34 -0400
  • Yasmin Saikia
    signed 2019-09-17 12:53:40 -0400
    They are human, too. Let them live like humans.
  • Sobia Fareed
    signed 2019-09-15 21:57:01 -0400
  • Zafar Iqbal(ZI)
    @zafarpfp tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-15 20:22:09 -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=869472
  • Zafar Iqbal
    signed 2019-09-15 20:21:07 -0400
    I stand with Kashmir.
  • Safiy Parray
    signed 2019-09-14 19:10:26 -0400
  • hafiz parray md
    signed 2019-09-14 19:02:23 -0400
    Kashmir is not disputed territory anymore IT IS OCCUPIED TERRITORY NOW.
  • Sarah Swanson
    signed 2019-09-14 17:06:19 -0400
    Sarah K Swanson
  • Shabana Akhter
    signed 2019-09-14 12:25:51 -0400
    Peace in Kashmir
  • Naheed Khan
    signed 2019-09-14 07:30:21 -0400
  • Sameed Shariq
    signed 2019-09-13 19:00:18 -0400
  • Mohamad Wani
    signed 2019-09-13 13:32:22 -0400
    Being human is good and acting human is best. No to inhumane oppression and injustice.
  • Sakina Pattoo
    signed 2019-09-13 13:20:42 -0400
  • Irshadul Haq
    signed 2019-09-13 01:11:15 -0400
  • Muhammad Waseem
    signed 2019-09-12 10:10:25 -0400
    Muhammad Waseem
  • Younas Chaudhry
    signed 2019-09-11 21:30:10 -0400
    UNO failure to resolve Kashmir issue will be disastrous.
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