On August 5, 2020, the people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) will have been under military lockdown for a full year.
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While the rest of the world is focused on restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kashmiris have been faced with a brutal human rights situation of double lockdown—an aggressive military lockdown, coupled with the devasting ramifications of Covid-19.
Under the veil of Covid-19, the Domicile Law was introduced on March 31, 2020. This allows non-Kashmiris to acquire property and settle in the state.
It has grave implications for Kashmir’s future.
Non-Kashmiris can now settle in the state altering its demography.
Meanwhile the indigenous Kashmiri population have to apply for residency permits in order to carry on basic functions of life.
Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally disputed territory. The Domicile Law entails forced transfer of populations and settlement. These actions are prohibited by Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and condemned by the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.
Read article in the Canada Files Canada stands idly by, as Kashmir passes a year of military occupation by India
The following press release has been issued:
A letter has been sent to Canada’s United Nations Ambassador designee, Bob Rae asking for a meeting, reminding him that:
In 1948, Canada’s representative to the UN, Andrew McNaughton, as president of the UN Security Council, took a leading role to help navigate the passage of Resolution 47.
This resolution still remains a hope for the people of Kashmir, in its promise by the international community of a plebiscite to determine their own future.
The people of Kashmir, both the diaspora here in Canada, and those in Kashmir, continue to hope that Canada as a defender of human rights and international law, will take leadership role to realize the implementation of Resolution 47 with a plebiscite affording them the opportunity to vote on their own self-determination.
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A letter has been sent to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Champagne