We at CODEPINK are joining the international call for UNICEF to remove warmongering Priyanka Chopra as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. There is no #goodwill in nuclear warfare! Please join us by signing the letter below:


Open Letter to UNICEF:

Priyanka Chopra, an international superstar, was made a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Peace in 2016. These ambassadors are usually celebrities who agree to use their massive platforms to advocate for global peace. Priyanka clearly did not get that memo. 

Earlier this year in February, India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers, were on the brink of war. For the first time since the two countries nuclearized, India fighter jets crossed the border into Pakistan to carry out airstrikes. At this point, nuclear war was a real possibility. Instead of acting as a Goodwill Ambassador should, by promoting peace, Priyanka Chopra tweeted “Jai Hind [Hail India]  #IndianArmedForces 🇮🇳 🙏🏽.” When given the opportunity to call for peace, Priyanka instead decided to cheer on not just any war, but a potential nuclear war. This is unacceptable rhetoric from anyone, let alone a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. 

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 nuclear-armed India and Pakistan and to support the freedom of Kashmiris.

As India moves in on Kashmir, the stakes are higher than ever. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. Today, Indian occupied Kashmir is the most heavily militarized region in the world, with over 700,000 Indian troops deployed in the region, conducting a litany of human rights abuses against the Kashmiri people including extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape. of the Kashmiri people. And now that the Modi government has revoked Article 370, which granted Kashmir a limited political, economic, and judicial autonomy, many Kashmiris fear this will only expedite India’s settler-colonial project on their land. Since the revocation, curfew and a complete communications shutdown has been imposed on more than 7 million Kashmiris.

Last week at Beautycon in LA, Pakistani-American activist Ayesha Malik confronted Priyanka for her warmongering, saying that "it was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you are a bit of a hypocrite.” Priyanka responded that she is not a fan of war but is “patriotic.” However, there is little difference between patriotism and warmongering when one’s allegiance is to Modi’s Hindu nationalist government. 

Just this week, Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari filed an official complaint to the UN, calling for Priyanka's removal as a Goodwill Ambassador, as well. In the letter, she said, “Her jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, as well as support for war, including nuclear war, undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she has been elevated.” 

As the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir escalates, so do tensions between the two neighboring countries. Experts are warning us that everything must be done to avoid the risk of escalation between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Many Indians of actual goodwill are calling out the Modi government on its crimes and human rights violations. 

But, Priyanka Chopra, a Goodwill Ambassador, has remained silent on Kashmir, has not once denounced India’s of human rights violations against Kashmiris, and has instead promoted war with Pakistan.

UN Goodwill Ambassadors for Peace are not supposed to promote nuclear war or occupation. So long as Priyanka Chopra remains in this position, the ambassador program will be devoid of meaning.

Sincerely,

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Azfer Siddiqui
Tayyaba Zia
Hamza Ihsan
Abdul rahman Khan
Ramita Chowdhury
Iram Raza
Thomas Graves
Madia Hussain
Azhar Hussain
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Muhammad Waseem
Pushpinder Grewal
Rabia Nusrat
Anndrea Nelson
Rachel Shekell
Safia Abid
Divaanshi Chand
Jasmine
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Namoos Fatima
Yazzy Yaakub
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  • Azfer Siddiqui
    signed 2019-09-15 17:40:22 -0400
    Azfer Zia Siddiqui
  • Tayyaba Zia
    signed 2019-09-15 09:22:01 -0400
  • Hamza Ihsan
    signed 2019-09-11 06:35:39 -0400
  • Abdul rahman Khan
    signed 2019-09-11 05:12:07 -0400
  • Ramita Chowdhury
    signed 2019-09-10 19:40:25 -0400
  • Iram Raza
    signed 2019-09-10 01:58:28 -0400
    Iram Raza
  • Thomas Graves
    signed 2019-09-09 14:55:42 -0400
    Thomas Graves
  • Madia Hussain
    signed 2019-09-09 11:13:35 -0400
    I’m not done venting.
  • Azhar Hussain
    signed 2019-09-09 00:12:34 -0400
    She supports terrorist outfit RSS and their activities. Maybe the UN should ask her the question of whether she supports RSS who have been lynching minorities especially Muslims. Go ahead UN asks her the question.
  • Qurrat Siddiqui
    signed 2019-09-08 19:47:15 -0400
  • Muhammad Waseem
    signed 2019-09-08 10:56:30 -0400
    Muhammad Waseem
  • Pushpinder Grewal
    signed 2019-09-08 09:30:30 -0400
  • Rabia Nusrat
    signed 2019-09-08 03:33:12 -0400
    Have those people who really want peace. Not those whose words are empty and only boast peace when they have nothing to do with it
  • Anndrea Nelson
    signed 2019-09-08 01:31:19 -0400
  • Rachel Shekell
    signed 2019-09-07 23:15:10 -0400
  • Safia Abid
    signed 2019-09-07 18:29:07 -0400
  • Divaanshi Chand
    signed 2019-09-07 17:05:34 -0400
  • Jasmine
    signed 2019-09-07 13:29:10 -0400
  • Kaira Campbell
    signed 2019-09-07 11:20:07 -0400
  • Namoos Fatima
    signed 2019-09-06 23:15:20 -0400
    She gotta go!
  • Yazzy Yaakub
    signed 2019-09-06 12:03:47 -0400
  • Jasmine Ali
    signed 2019-09-06 11:45:33 -0400
    I hope signing this will bring justice and put people at their right place instead of having a position they don’t deserve
  • M. Rasool
    signed 2019-09-06 08:29:13 -0400
    Azam Rasool
  • Mira Fareena
    signed 2019-09-06 04:01:46 -0400
  • Aneil Rallin
    signed 2019-09-06 00:36:42 -0400
  • Mashal Ali
    signed 2019-09-06 00:27:06 -0400
  • Humza Chaudhry
    signed 2019-09-05 21:47:00 -0400
  • Saf n
    signed 2019-09-05 21:31:00 -0400
  • Madihah Hamid
    signed 2019-09-05 20:26:56 -0400
    This isnt right
  • Amaroq de Quebrazas
    signed 2019-09-05 15:46:01 -0400
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