Amnesty International has launched a global campaign to highlight the human cost of New Delhi’s draconian communication blackout in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and is pushing a petition urging India to end its atrocities in the occupied region.
Titled “Put Humanity First: Lift The Communications Lockdown In Kashmir”, the petition link how decades of a political battle over the occupied valley has “affected its people more than anybody else, and now more so than ever before”.
“Imagine a world where you cannot call home. This is the reality of thousands of Kashmiris around the world. Eight million Kashmiris living in the region today have been locked in their homes for over a month,” says the global rights watchdog.
“Outside the region their friends and families are unable to get in touch amidst stories of curfews, protests, medical emergencies and use of excessive force by the administration. Families have been torn apart as they live under siege – a collective punishment for the people of Kashmir – this is the human cost of the blackout and it cannot be ignored … Let’s show the Indian Government that the world is watching and urge them to be on the right side of history.”
The petition will be sent to IOK Governor Satya Pal Malik in the form of an email and Amnesty International has shared the text: