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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Hassan Ejaz
Khalid Rasheed
Sumia Rashid
David Morrison
Ed Perry
Jason Hurst
Nadeem Khan
Edward Juillard
Christopher Brennan
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Susan Selbin
Rizvan Ullah
Wes Eastridge
Naseem Arzoo
Patricia Locke
lamija zurko
Justin Fulghum
Fuad Abboud
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Imran Ahmad
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  • Hassan Ejaz
    signed 2019-08-22 22:48:47 -0400
  • Khalid Rasheed
    signed 2019-08-22 22:44:50 -0400
  • Sumia Rashid
    signed via 2019-08-22 21:51:47 -0400
  • David Morrison
    signed 2019-08-22 21:41:56 -0400
  • Ed Perry
    @edpgsa tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-22 18:50:46 -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=349387
  • Ed Perry
    signed 2019-08-22 18:50:40 -0400
  • Jason Hurst
    signed 2019-08-22 17:51:12 -0400
  • Nadeem Khan
    signed via 2019-08-22 17:07:10 -0400
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  • Edward Juillard
    signed 2019-08-22 16:35:33 -0400
  • Christopher Brennan
    signed 2019-08-22 16:33:32 -0400
  • Gretchen Harwood
    signed 2019-08-22 16:31:58 -0400
    Good move Code Pink! #Kashmir
  • Michael Bower
    signed 2019-08-22 15:21:22 -0400
  • Susan Selbin
    signed 2019-08-22 15:04:02 -0400
  • Rizvan Ullah
    signed 2019-08-22 13:58:27 -0400
    If water kept flowing over heads and we kept sleeping then one day there will be several nuclear explosions that will ensure none of us is needed anymore in this world. Then we all can sleep permanently.
  • Wes Eastridge
    signed 2019-08-22 13:55:24 -0400
  • Naseem Arzoo
    signed 2019-08-22 13:02:01 -0400
  • Patricia Locke
    signed 2019-08-22 12:21:37 -0400
  • lamija zurko
    signed 2019-08-22 12:19:37 -0400
  • Justin Fulghum
    signed 2019-08-22 12:12:48 -0400
  • Fuad Abboud
    signed 2019-08-22 12:10:56 -0400
  • Sybil Cochrane
    signed 2019-08-22 11:49:37 -0400
    “Occupation” is a euphemism for the violation of the rights of an entire group of legal inhabitants of a territory! This is a human rights violation and needs to STOP!!
  • James Wilkinson
    signed 2019-08-22 11:17:05 -0400
  • Glenn Hufnagel
    signed 2019-08-22 10:18:07 -0400
  • Burnis Tuck
    @Oakie1939 tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-22 10:02:14 -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=599263
  • Burnis Tuck
    signed 2019-08-22 10:01:59 -0400
  • Allan Christensen
    signed 2019-08-22 09:28:47 -0400
  • rida riyaz
    signed 2019-08-22 08:41:31 -0400
  • Imran Ahmad
    signed 2019-08-22 08:18:14 -0400
    Stop cruelty and human right abuses in Kashmir. Hindu right wing (BJP) is controlling India’s power. Indian Muslims are being ethnic cleansed by them by killing.
  • Daniel Griffith
    signed 2019-08-22 07:52:38 -0400
  • Purnabha Chaturvedi
    signed 2019-08-22 07:50:37 -0400
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