KSM in Edinburgh is a group of community members concerned about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. To join the group please fill this brief form.
KSM protests outside the Scottish Parliament, 6th September 2019
Take action by writing to your Membership of Scottish Parliament.
Dear <Name of Representative>,
I am writing to you as a concerned constituent. As you might have heard, since 5th August 2019 the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir are in the grip of state terror imposed by the Indian government. Over 35,000 troops have been deployed into the world’s most militarized zone where over 700,000 armed personnel are already deployed. The region also has been subjected to a communication blockade, cutting the people off from the rest of the world.
These events are deeply concerning as the Indian state has completely circumvented parliamentary procedures and ignored the Indian constitution and the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating article 370. These moves include bifurcation of Indian occupied Kashmir into two Indian Union territories. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which granted it autonomy to make its own laws in all matters except defence, finance, foreign affairs, and communications and allowed for the state’s own constitution. Section 35A gave the government of Jammu and Kashmir the power to define permanent residents of the region and prevented outsiders from permanently settling, buying land or holding local government positions.
The United Nations and international human rights organisations have raised concerns about human rights violations in Kashmir, including detentions of thousands of people, disproportionate use of force again protestors, and curtailments of the most basic political and civil rights. There is a human rights crisis of massive proportions unfolding behind a communications blockade, and Kashmiris are depending on us to be their voice.
Several political leaders have already issued statements about the situation in Kashmir because of their grave concern over the ongoing human rights crisis. Is your office following this situation? What is your position? It would be appreciated if you could write to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and release a public statement supporting the people of Kashmir.
Thank you, and I look forward to your response.