Following last week’s moves by the Indian Government to revoke Articles 370 & 35A from their constitution and removing Kashmir’s special status, the Jammu Kashmir self –Determination Movement International (JKSDMI), a lobby group of cross party activists is urging the international community, in particular the British and the European Parliamentarians, to support calls for a safe, peaceful, secure and a prosperous future for the peoples of Jammu & Kashmir, and the whole region.
A petition has been arranged by the group which, as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, I will deliver to 10 Downing Street with members of the group, on the 10th of September 2019.
The petition calls on the UK Government and international community to use all diplomatic and economic measures at their disposal to influence the Indian and Pakistan Governments to:
1. Ensure that democracy is respected and that the Kashmiri people are at the heart of any constitutional reform of the region.
2.Ensure that United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir are respected, including UNSCR 47 which refers to the people of Jammu and Kashmir having the right to self-determination.
3. Respect the 1972 Simla Agreement which refers to the future of Jammu and Kashmir being determined by peaceful means.
4. Ensure that the rule of law is upheld and human rights are protected by lifting the telecommunications black out and allowing independent, international observers to the region.
5. Support the assistance of a United Nations Special Envoy for Kashmir in facilitating a peaceful and sustainable future for Kashmir and all of its peoples.
The petition is available below. Please return signatures or copies of the petition to Raja Najabat on email@example.com.
To read about my work on Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 and 35 A please click here.