ALERT: Kashmir – Demand international community intervene to end India’s occupation

Kashmir Security Patrol (2011), (c) La Priz, creative commons licence

Write letters and emails to the Foreign Minister of your country urging them to condemn the unlawful actions of India in Kashmir.

Contents

1. Action Required
2. Summary
3. Background
4. Sample Letters / Emails

1. Action Required

Write letters and emails to the Foreign Minister of your country urging them to condemn the unlawful actions of India in Kashmir.

2. Summary

IHRC are deeply concerned by the draconian and oppressive tactics of Indian forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir.  More than two months after the revocation of article 370, the situation in Kashmir continues to be of deep concern.

Reports suggest that thousands have been arrested and detained without charge, including children, hundreds injured by the continued use of pellet guns.  An ever more restrictive regime of curfews is in place, making it difficult amongst other things for people to access medical care, food and supplies.

The region is currently facing an unprecedented crackdown with a troop surge of 38,000 to join the pre-existing military presence of 700,000.  Internet is blocked and phone lines have been cut since the weekend (3-4 August), and prominent figures, including pro-India politicians have been held under house arrest.  A general curfew is in force.  Parts of the Indian Constitution (article 370) has ben revoked, now allowing Indians to buy land in Kashmir, a precursor many fear to mass demographic change engineered by the current Indian government.  Such a change constitutes a form of ethnic cleansing.

IHRC calls for the occupation of Kashmir to end, for India to withdraw all troops and stand by the 1947 UN call for a plebiscite of the people of Kashmir to determine their own political future.  Campaigners are requested to contact their Minister of Foreign Affairs and request they demand India to:

  • immediately end its curfew;
  • withdraw all military presence (both its recent surge and its pre-existing military occupation);
  • facilitate the UN plebiscite demanded since 1948, for the people of the region to decide their sovereignty.

3. Background

Since its occupation of part of Kashmir, India has had an atrocious human rights record in Kashmir, where forced disappearances, summary executions and rape are common practices.  Kashmir is one of the most militarised places on earth.  In the last few years, the Indian military has been accused of mass blindings with the use of pellet guns against civilians in the region.

Further background information is available on the IHRC Kashmir Campaign and Resources page.

4. Sample Letters

Sample letters are given below for your convenience. Please note that model letters can be sent directly or adjusted as necessary to include further details. If you receive a reply to the letter you send, we request you to send a copy of the letter you send and the reply you received, to IHRC on info[AT]ihrc.org. This is very important as it helps IHRC to monitor the situation with regards to our campaigns and to improve upon the current model letters and campaign.

a. Minister of foreign affairs in your country (UK campaigners can write to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office using the details below)

[Your name]
[Your address]

[Date]

Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP, 
Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 
King Charles Street, 
London, 
SW1A 2AH, 
United Kingdom.

[Date]

Dear Mr. Raab,

Re: the current increase of violations in Indian occupied Kashmir

Your office is aware of the current catastrophic actions of India in Kashmir.  This increase of violations requires swift action from the international community.  I request you contact the Indian government and demand it:

  • immediately ends its curfew;
  • withdraws all military presence (both its recent surge and its pre-existing military occupation);
  • helps facilitate the UN plebiscite demanded since 1948, for the people of the region to decide their sovereignty.

I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]

[Your name]

5. Email addresses of recipients

Selected names and email addresses of Ministers of Foreign Affairs can be found below.  Please contact us info@ihrc.org if you have trouble finding the details of your country’s Minister.

Australia

Senator Marise Payne          

Minister for Foreign Affairs   

Senator.Payne@aph.gov.au

Bangladesh

HE Mr. AK Abdul Momen, MP                                                                   

Foreign Minister                   

fm@mofa.gov.bd

Bolivia

Diego Pary                            

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

mreuno@rree.gob.bo

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Igor Crnadak                        

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

info_mvpbih@mvp.gov.ba

Canada

The Hon. Chrystia Freeland  

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca

Finland

Pekka Haavisto

Minister for Foreign Affairs   

umi@formin.fi

France

Jean-Yves Le Drian                

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development                  

Web Form

India

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs    

eam@mea.gov.in

Indonesia

Retno Marsudi                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

kontak-kami@kemlu.go.id

Iran

H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif                                                                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

matbuat@mfa.gov.ir

Ireland

Simon Coveney                     

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                        

simon.coveney@oir.ie

Malaysia

The Hon. Dato’ Saifuddin bin Abdullah              

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

anifah@kln.gov.my / pro.ukk@kln.gov.my

The Netherlands

Stef Blok                                 

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

Web Form

Norway

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide     

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

utenriksminister@mfa.no

Pakistan

Shah Mehmood Qureshi       

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

asif.na110@na.gov.pk / fax: 051-9207600

South Africa

Lindiwe Sisulu                         

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation                                      

info@foreign.gov.za

Spain

Josep Borrell                          

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation                                                    

se.aex@maec.es

Switzerland

Ignazio Cassis                         

Federal Councillor                  

info@eda.admin.ch

Trinidad and Tobago

Dennis Moses                        

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

website@foreign.gov.tt

Turkey

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu                   

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

Web Form

United Kingdom

Dominic Raab                      

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs                        

fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk