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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Clouie Anareta
Eesha Ahmad
Naila Mirza
Murakeen Kaiser Makhdoomi
Ky Fawkes
Alysha Banerji
Wamiq Wani
Kaiser Khan
Sarjeel Kaloo
Iram Khajawall
Nuril Niaza
Qandeel Sajid
adnan mohi
Maria Raashid Koul
Fouzia Bhat
Robert Schwarzbauer
Kevin Kristen
Zeeshana Aijaz
Suha Gulzar
Irfan Lone
Nadezhda Mandoo
Noor Sethi
Khushi Kiani
R. Hassan Amjad
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Sumera Kiani
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  • Clouie Anareta
    signed 2019-08-17 16:32:08 -0400
    I’m signing for humanity, Kashmir’s freedom and to end the Indian occupation and their violations.
  • Eesha Ahmad
    signed via 2019-08-17 16:28:46 -0400
  • Naila Mirza
    signed 2019-08-17 16:26:51 -0400
  • Murakeen Kaiser Makhdoomi
    signed 2019-08-17 16:16:38 -0400
    I sign for humanity and against oppression.
  • Ky Fawkes
    signed 2019-08-17 16:12:06 -0400
  • Alysha Banerji
    signed 2019-08-17 16:11:04 -0400
  • Wamiq Wani
    signed via 2019-08-17 15:50:37 -0400
  • Kaiser Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 15:49:09 -0400
  • Sarjeel Kaloo
    signed 2019-08-17 15:42:00 -0400
  • Iram Khajawall
    signed 2019-08-17 15:39:48 -0400
  • Nuril Niaza
    signed 2019-08-17 15:34:19 -0400
    Free kashmir!! End Indian occupation
  • Qandeel Sajid
    signed 2019-08-17 15:32:07 -0400
  • Adnan Mohi
    @adnan_mohi tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 15:25:44 -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=860649
  • adnan mohi
    signed 2019-08-17 15:25:08 -0400
    please help us save Kashmir from this Indian government we are facing now. the situation is so terrible here and the human rights violations are on a peak, #stanswithkashmir#un
  • Maria Raashid Koul
    signed 2019-08-17 15:12:14 -0400
  • Fouzia B Bhat
    @bhatfouz tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 15:09:15 -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=860645
  • Fouzia Bhat
    signed 2019-08-17 15:08:25 -0400
  • Robert Schwarzbauer
    signed 2019-08-17 15:01:33 -0400
  • Kevin Kristen
    signed 2019-08-17 14:55:15 -0400
  • Zeeshana Aijaz
    @zeeshana_aijaz tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 14:51:56 -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=860642
  • Zeeshana Aijaz
    signed 2019-08-17 14:51:37 -0400
    I stand with Kashmir and I want it to be free!
  • Suha Gulzar
    signed 2019-08-17 14:51:21 -0400
  • Irfan Lone
    signed 2019-08-17 14:49:00 -0400
  • Nadezhda Mandoo
    signed 2019-08-17 14:48:35 -0400
  • Noor Sethi
    signed 2019-08-17 14:46:50 -0400
    Gurnoor Sethi
  • Khushi Kiani
    signed 2019-08-17 14:46:23 -0400
    Help us
  • R. Hassan Amjad
    signed 2019-08-17 14:46:20 -0400
  • Sayed Mustafa Hasan
    signed 2019-08-17 14:41:44 -0400
  • Roxi Hope
    signed 2019-08-17 14:40:55 -0400
  • Sumera Kiani
    signed 2019-08-17 14:40:51 -0400
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