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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Raymond Marmouz'e
Britta Voss
Bibi Ayesha
Melissa Contreras
monroe allison
Juwayriyah Raouf
Gurleen Raj
Mansoor Mansoor
Margaret Christman
Nimisha Parikh
Reaan Mustafa
Muhammad Islam
Kris Kaul
Amina Bakhsh
Alex Rediger
Raza Mustafa
Hieyoon Kim
Zubia Khan
Robert Penna
Tariq Panhwar
martin gugino
Azadi Virk
Greg Adams
Ali Ameer
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Hemant Aggarwal
K F
Sohaj Singh
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Dushka Saiyid
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  • Raymond Marmouz'e
    signed 2019-08-29 20:20:32 -0400
  • Britta Voss
    signed 2019-08-29 20:12:02 -0400
  • Bibi Ayesha
    signed 2019-08-29 16:36:22 -0400
  • Melissa Contreras
    signed 2019-08-29 16:22:58 -0400
  • monroe allison
    signed 2019-08-29 12:10:32 -0400
    monroe allison
  • Juwayriyah Raouf
    signed 2019-08-29 12:09:37 -0400
  • Gurleen Raj
    signed 2019-08-29 05:17:03 -0400
  • Mansoor Mansoor
    signed 2019-08-28 23:56:27 -0400
  • Margaret Christman
    signed 2019-08-28 22:32:06 -0400
  • Nimisha Parikh
    signed 2019-08-28 20:15:14 -0400
    I have visited Kashmir multiple times in last one year and have seen how military and CRPF is handeling locals, often stopping & questioning them for no apparent reasons! Even as a foreign tourist I was stopped multiple times and questioned and on my last trip in 3rd week of July of this year, I was stopped by CRPF and my son and I were asked to stay back in Srinagar instead of going forward to South Kashmir where I was staying with my family friends. This was a pure case of harrassment! My friends along with majority of kashmiris have become prisoners in their own homes due to the curfew and there has not been any communication with the outside world or within Kashmir for these Kashmiris. Human rights have been violated in 21st century for these Kashmiris. If Kashmir is an integral part of India, why Indians in India are roaming free while Kashmiris are not? Why schools, colleges, businesses, etc. are running in a routine manner in India while all is shut down in Kashmir?? Why Kashmiri aren’t given the same freedom & opportunity as rest of the Indians in India?? Free kashmiris from mental & physical torturers now!
  • Reaan Mustafa
    signed 2019-08-28 19:17:19 -0400
  • Muhammad Islam
    signed 2019-08-28 17:49:20 -0400
    MR MUHAMMAD ISLAM
  • Kris Kaul
    signed 2019-08-28 17:01:50 -0400
  • Amina Bakhsh
    signed 2019-08-28 16:53:14 -0400
    Stop barbaric treatment and killing of innocents set them free!!!
  • Alex Rediger
    signed 2019-08-28 16:48:34 -0400
    My friends have been harassed and oppressed there for decades. I was forced to leave along with my wife July 30th with the order from India. We haven’t talked to them for almost a month. Kashmiris deserve human rights and a voice in their future. They’re not pawns.
  • Raza Mustafa
    signed 2019-08-28 16:44:19 -0400
    This is a grave human disaster. UNSC MUST take an action.
  • Hieyoon Kim
    signed 2019-08-28 14:09:11 -0400
  • Zubia Khan
    signed 2019-08-28 13:47:07 -0400
  • Robert Penna
    signed 2019-08-28 13:10:57 -0400
  • Tariq Panhwar
    signed 2019-08-28 13:00:52 -0400
  • martin gugino
    signed 2019-08-28 12:53:55 -0400
    There are so many abuses of people that are taking place. These all must stop, and this is one.
  • Azadi Virk
    signed 2019-08-28 12:40:27 -0400
  • Greg Adams
    signed 2019-08-28 12:38:12 -0400
    If there any place that could erupt in to a Nuclear war Kashmir is it. This is a land grab at the expense of the Kashmirian people. Whom are presently prisoners in their own homes. They need the help of the UN.
  • Ali Ameer
    signed 2019-08-28 12:36:09 -0400
  • Tyrell Haberkorn
    signed 2019-08-28 11:43:04 -0400
  • Hemant Aggarwal
    signed 2019-08-28 10:34:43 -0400
    Firstly we are human after that Indian .
  • K F
    signed 2019-08-28 09:13:02 -0400
    End occupation in Kashmir .make kashmiris feel indian
  • Sohaj Singh
    signed 2019-08-28 08:24:20 -0400
  • Ayesha Syed
    signed 2019-08-28 04:29:00 -0400
  • Dushka Saiyid
    signed 2019-08-28 04:10:01 -0400
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