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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Moazum Khan
Faisal Saeed
Masroor Mustafa
Mehak Malik
Sajjad Chevelwalla
Rabail Sofi
Mehreen Qadri
Meghana Arora
Mohsin Bashir
Lalarukh Khan
Imran Ahmed
Shahab Jan
Wajid Drabu
Jawad Falak
Sana Khan
Syed Rizvi
Bazillah Zargar
Muhammad Khalid
sherali Thaver
Suhail Allaqaband
Syed Bukhari
Aamir Khan
Masood Hassan
Sara Malik
Muhammad Arshad
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  • Moazum Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 13:04:23 -0400
  • Faisal Saeed
    signed 2019-08-17 12:59:43 -0400
  • Masroor Mustafa
    signed 2019-08-17 12:58:41 -0400
  • Mehak Malik
    signed 2019-08-17 12:57:36 -0400
  • Sajjad Chevelwalla
    signed 2019-08-17 12:57:12 -0400
  • Rabail Sofi
    signed 2019-08-17 12:56:44 -0400
    We need to stand with Kashmir and resist illegal occupation & colonization! #StandwithKashmir
  • Mehreen Qadri
    signed via 2019-08-17 12:54:02 -0400
    Don’t delay in saving Kashmir and it’s people. Listen to kashmiris, not just India and Pakistan
  • Meghana Arora
    signed 2019-08-17 12:51:38 -0400
    Meghana Arora
  • Mohsin Bashir
    signed via 2019-08-17 12:37:55 -0400
  • Lalarukh Khan
    signed via 2019-08-17 12:37:37 -0400
  • imran
    @imran0208 tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 12:35:11 -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=860505
  • Imran Ahmed
    signed 2019-08-17 12:34:47 -0400
  • Shahab Jan
    signed 2019-08-17 12:32:23 -0400
    I stand with the people of Kashmir.
  • Wajid Drabu
    signed 2019-08-17 12:30:36 -0400
  • Jawad Falak
    signed via 2019-08-17 12:28:34 -0400
  • Sana Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 12:28:04 -0400
    I will not stand for India’s occupation of Kashmir.
  • Syed Rizvi
    signed 2019-08-17 12:27:43 -0400
  • Bazillah Zargar
    signed 2019-08-17 12:22:06 -0400
  • Muhammad Khalid
    signed via 2019-08-17 12:20:00 -0400
  • sherali Thaver
    signed 2019-08-17 12:19:27 -0400
    sorry,The UN memebers are a bunch of old farts who have done nothing for Kashmiris or Palestinians.Lets hope they are serious now.
  • Suhail Allaqaband
    signed via 2019-08-17 12:17:47 -0400
  • Syed Bukhari
    signed 2019-08-17 12:12:49 -0400
    India’s next move in kashmir is to start the systematic genocide. We have noticed rise in PCOS, inability of a women to conceive, hormonal disorders early age cancer mortalities in men in kashmir. It can well be the process controlled by adding chemicals in our day to day consumables (sugar, salt, water, rice) by Indian agencies.
  • Aamir Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 12:12:45 -0400
  • Masood Hassan
    signed 2019-08-17 12:11:41 -0400
  • Sara Malik
    signed 2019-08-17 12:10:39 -0400
  • Muhammad Arshad
    signed 2019-08-17 12:07:40 -0400
  • dianne ramdeholl
    signed 2019-08-17 12:03:38 -0400
  • Adeel Mukhtar
    signed 2019-08-17 11:59:01 -0400
  • Asim Dar
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:57:22 -0400
  • Atena Ameri
    signed 2019-08-17 11:54:54 -0400
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