Stop atrocities in Kashmir

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The UN Security Council, in its first resolution (January, 1949) on Jammu and Kashmir declared “plebiscite” to be the final solution of Kashmir dispute. Eight UN resolutions acknowledging the right of self-determination of Kashmiris have  followed, but the right has been consistently denied by India on one pretext or the other. 

Today, Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s most militarised region. There are 700,000 Indian troops in the valley empowered by draconian laws, especially the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Since the 1990 Kashmiri’s uprising, according to Kashmir Media Service, nearly 100,000 Kashmiri Muslims have been killed, more than 6,000 unmarked graves  have been found,  more than 10,000 women have been raped by the Indian security forces using rape as a policy instrument. Amnesty International has condemned  it.

We request the Australian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs  to keep plight of Kashmiris in their minds while dealing with their Indian counterparts and convince India to:

·         Allow UN Observers in Jammu and Kashmir to stop inhuman treatment of unarmed Kashmiris at the hands of the Indian Army; and

·         Hold plebiscite in Kashmir in accordance with numerous UN resolutions.