Freedom/Independence for Kashmir

Freedom/Independence for Kashmir

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In August 1947, when India-Pakistan gained independence, the region of Kashmir was disputed over by the two newly formed countries. The Hindu ruler of Kashmir aligned himself with India, whilst the mostly Muslim population of Kashmir with Pakistan. After a war over Kashmir, between 1947-48, the United Nations tried to mediate and offered the people of Kashmir a referendum, however the fight for Kashmir continued with the civilians losing their right to vote for their future.

On January 1, 1949, a ceasefire was agreed to between India and Pakistan with 65% of the territory under Indian control (Jammu and Kashmir) and the rest with Pakistan (Azad Kashmir), however China also controls a small part too. The ceasefire was meant to be temporary but the then-formed Line of Control (LoC) has remained to be the border between the two countries, with the people of Kashmir still fighting for their independence. 

Since the ceasefire, there has been an unimaginable loss of life with numbers ranging between 50,000 - 100,000 civilian deaths and counting. The fight for Kashmir has caused relations between India-Pakistan to become strained with rising tensions between two nuclear countries leaving them on the bridge of war.

From mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech, the basic human rights of the Kashmiri people are being violated for the past seven-decades. They deserve to have control over their future and hence we believe that the region of Kashmir should be Independent and that the people deserve Freedom.

Please join this petition so we can give the people of Kashmir a voice.

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