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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Masood Ur rahman
Shahana shakeel
Abdullah Hussain
Wasiq Wani
Imran Faridi
Mohammad Jaber
Tamkeen Mahajan
Shahida Khan
Mobarak Hossain
Tauheed Rafakat
Munazza Kazi
Abiha Sajid
Amber Rahman
Eman Zahra
Habil Manzoor
Maheesa Khan
Shazia Fatima
Suhaib Sajad
Shabina Nazir
Mohammad Ishaq
Laraib Ansari
Sehrish Ishtiaq
Aneesa Ali
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  • Masood Ur rahman
    signed 2019-08-17 13:40:32 -0400
    UN must intervene to force India to end repression of human rights in Kashmir
  • Shahana shakeel
    signed 2019-08-17 13:40:15 -0400
  • Abdullah Hussain
    signed 2019-08-17 13:40:09 -0400
  • Imran Faridi
    @ifaridi79 tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 13:38:27 -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=860559
  • Wasiq Wani
    signed 2019-08-17 13:37:36 -0400
    Free Kashmir. Kashmiri people have been suffering for too long
  • Imran Faridi
    signed 2019-08-17 13:36:59 -0400
    Imran Z Faridi
  • Mohammad Jaber
    signed 2019-08-17 13:36:02 -0400
    Save Humanity, Save Kashmir!
  • Tamkeen Mahajan
    signed 2019-08-17 13:35:07 -0400
  • Shahida Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 13:35:01 -0400
  • Mobarak Hossain
    signed 2019-08-17 13:31:20 -0400
    Hope everything gets solved so that everyone is safe and happy
  • Tauheed Rafakat
    signed 2019-08-17 13:29:24 -0400
  • Munazza Kazi
    signed 2019-08-17 13:27:02 -0400
  • Abiha Sajid
    signed 2019-08-17 13:26:49 -0400
  • Amber Rahman
    signed 2019-08-17 13:26:47 -0400
  • Ahmad Habil
    @HabilManzoor tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 13:26:12 -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=860545
  • Eman Zahra
    signed 2019-08-17 13:26:09 -0400
  • Habil Manzoor
    signed 2019-08-17 13:25:09 -0400
    I stay in Kuwait and my relatives are in Kashmir. I haven’t been able to contact anyone in Kashmir as all the communication and internet services have been blocked. Free Kashmir. Indian army has illegally occupied Kashmir. Kashmir is longest disputed territory in the history and UN should take actions.
  • Maheesa Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 13:24:42 -0400
  • ShZhea
    @Shzhea tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 13:24:34 -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=860542
  • Shazia Fatima
    signed 2019-08-17 13:21:46 -0400
  • صحیعب سجاد
    @iamsuhaibsajad tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 13:19:22 -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=860536
  • Suhaib Sajad
    signed 2019-08-17 13:18:41 -0400
  • Shabina Nazir
    signed via 2019-08-17 13:15:28 -0400
  • Mohammad Ishaq
    signed via 2019-08-17 13:10:52 -0400
  • Laraib Ansari
    signed 2019-08-17 13:10:40 -0400
  • Sehrish Ishtiaq
    signed 2019-08-17 13:09:09 -0400
  • Aneesa Ali
    signed 2019-08-17 13:08:45 -0400
    Kashmiri’s must be given the right to freedom of speech.
  • Michael Z Letwin
    signed 2019-08-17 13:08:03 -0400
  • Sidrah Shayiq
    signed 2019-08-17 13:05:19 -0400
  • Ifrah Naseem Ansari
    signed 2019-08-17 13:04:44 -0400
    Justice for Kashmir
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