The Muslim Association of Britain is deeply concerned at the events unfolding in Kashmir following India’s decision to revoke Article 370 and stripping it of its degree of autonomy.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status, tens of thousands of additional Indian troops have been deployed, political leaders placed under house arrest, and communication lines cut off.

MAB is also concerned at reports of detentions, and urge the Indian government to respect individual rights and hold dialogue with those in the affected communities.

The revoking of Kashmir’s special status, which safeguards some of the rights of Kashmiris, also risks a flare up with Pakistan. We urge both countries to maintain peace and stability and to focus on the people of Kashmir, who will be the ones to pay the price for any diplomatic standoff.

India’s continued occupation of Kashmir, with no referendum given to the Kashmiri people, is in contravention of multiple UN Resolutions. The Indian government has consistently employed repressive tactics in Kashmir and have killed more than 50,000 people, with countless more “disappeared” in the conflict. More than half a million security forces were stationed by India in the disputed Muslim-majority region to quash opposition to its rule, and there have been widespread reports of human rights abuses carried out by Indian security forces.

The Muslim Association of Britain urges the British government to denounce the stripping of Kashmir’s limited autonomy, and to call for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

 

Muslim Association of Britain

7th August 2019

 

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