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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Tahir Qazi
Abrar Ahmed
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  • Shani Salaria
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:47:24 -0400
    You have to be human first – then comes country, religion, culture and everything else..
  • Madhurima Paul
    signed 2019-08-17 11:47:10 -0400
  • Hadia Qazi
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:45:36 -0400
  • Umme Leila Aejaz
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:43:51 -0400
  • Shazia Fazili
    signed 2019-08-17 11:43:41 -0400
  • Muhammad Siraj
    signed 2019-08-17 11:40:33 -0400
  • Sufia Haq
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:39:21 -0400
  • Abrar Khan
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:39:07 -0400
    Let the Kashmiris decide about their future.Free Kashmir.
  • Nasir Ganaie
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:38:15 -0400
    Free Kashmir
  • Gulshan Ara
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  • Gulshan Ara
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:37:15 -0400
    Gulshan
  • Sabine Khan
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:37:06 -0400
  • Shabir Qadri
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:36:29 -0400
  • Abid Qadiri
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:36:08 -0400
  • Rabia Shora
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:34:55 -0400
    We want free kashmir.
  • Farzana Yaqoob
    signed via 2019-08-17 11:34:00 -0400
  • Nadeem Dar
    signed 2019-08-17 11:32:48 -0400
    Free kashmir
  • Tahir Qazi
    signed 2019-08-17 11:29:18 -0400
    Thank you for speaking up for the rights of Kashmiris.
  • Abrar Ahmed
    signed 2019-08-17 11:26:06 -0400
    We demand free and fare plebiscite in Kashmiri.
  • Kaleem Azhar
    signed 2019-08-17 11:23:03 -0400
    Free kashmir from the oppression…..

    Live and let live….

    We’ve lost more than enough, don’t lose your senses oppressor,dont act like animals..

    Guns don’t kill people,people kill people..
  • Kashaf Sherafgan
    signed 2019-08-17 11:22:52 -0400
  • Sameer thoker
    @Sameerthoker1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-17 11:22:09 -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=860448
  • Shomaz Haq
    signed 2019-08-17 11:21:13 -0400
  • Amelia Yankey
    signed 2019-08-17 11:20:49 -0400
  • Agaz Wani
    signed 2019-08-17 11:20:32 -0400
  • Sweta Kandari
    signed 2019-08-17 11:20:17 -0400
  • Rubina Nighat
    signed 2019-08-17 10:58:01 -0400
    People of Kashmir should be given democratic rights to decide for future of their homeland .
  • Hilal Bhat
    signed 2019-08-17 10:44:13 -0400
  • Kate Rediger
    signed 2019-08-17 10:26:40 -0400
  • Abbas Khan
    signed 2019-08-17 10:25:45 -0400
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