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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  • Dana Scandura
    signed via 2020-05-23 19:41:06 -0400
  • Saddaf S
    signed 2020-04-07 20:57:49 -0400
  • Misha Euceph
    signed 2020-03-12 22:40:27 -0400
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-03-04 20:15:58 -0500
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @Alexistori5 tweeted link to this page. 2020-03-04 20:13:25 -0500
    Join the international call for @UNICEF to remove warmongering Priyanka Chopra as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Sign our open letter to UNICEF here! #ByePriyanka https://www.codepink.org/priyankachopra?recruiter_id=767336
  • Shaila Jacocks
    signed 2020-02-21 04:31:02 -0500
    Priyanka makes such strides to help women get education and use their rights but perpetuates the stereotype that women “let their emotions get the best of them” and they yell instead of “not embarrassing themselves.” Girl you’re a woman too. You should know how hard it is to get taken seriously about a subject when you’re passionate about it. The second you have emotions towards it then you’re being aggressive and overreacting and being too emotional which is code for being too girly about it. Don’t preach for equal educational and marriage opportunities but then stop women from being their own person and calling others out on their shit.
  • Brittany Ledwell
    signed 2020-02-12 00:19:01 -0500
  • Manu S-M
    signed 2019-12-20 11:48:29 -0500
  • Frances Suazo
    signed via 2019-12-06 05:16:39 -0500
    Frances I. Suazo
  • Maria Khan
    signed 2019-11-16 13:55:07 -0500
    Maria Khan
  • Sarah Maqbool
    signed 2019-11-09 13:19:49 -0500
  • Sanya Seth
    signed 2019-11-06 08:28:08 -0500
  • Roisin Healy
    signed 2019-10-31 10:43:16 -0400
  • Jim Loveland
    signed 2019-10-15 17:46:58 -0400
  • Ayesha Qureshi
    signed 2019-10-14 18:52:16 -0400
    Ayesha Qureshi
  • Sophia B
    signed 2019-10-12 22:32:25 -0400
    Shame on Priyanka
  • Aaliya Briggs
    signed 2019-10-10 14:46:16 -0400
  • Izzah Shamaz
    signed 2019-10-10 09:59:56 -0400
  • Sayyada Dewji
    signed 2019-10-09 21:50:47 -0400
  • Ghada Madkour
    signed 2019-10-09 15:59:08 -0400
  • Showkat Hamid
    signed 2019-10-09 11:49:09 -0400
  • Rameesha Khan
    signed 2019-10-09 11:30:22 -0400
  • Prince Wani
    signed 2019-10-09 10:51:23 -0400
    Support this petition
  • GetAJob You Dimwits
    signed 2019-10-09 10:04:30 -0400
    Get a life dimwits you have become a fuck alljoke for creating this ,😂😂
  • M M
    signed 2019-10-09 07:19:43 -0400
  • Jennifer Mao
    signed 2019-10-09 06:05:05 -0400
  • Zainab Baba
    signed 2019-10-09 05:59:15 -0400
  • Faryal Khurrum
    signed 2019-10-09 04:16:50 -0400
    A goodwill ambassador should be neutral . Shocked at the UN for not removing a warmonger from its goodwill Ambassador’s list . We need to be clear that someone who is promoting war and inciting hate is not the right choice to be a Un Goodwill Ambassador.
  • afia asghar
    signed 2019-10-09 02:27:10 -0400
    afia asghar
  • Lindsay Allinger
    signed 2019-10-09 02:12:27 -0400
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