Stand With Kashmir (SWK) applauds Representative Rashida Tlaib for working alongside Kashmiri Americans in her district and across the nation in introducing and sponsoring House Resolution 724, the “Condemning the Human Rights Violations taking place in Jammu and Kashmir” bill. The bill seeks to protect human rights, seek accountability and ensure that Kashmiris play a central role in determining the future of Jammu and Kashmir (“Kashmir”) by urging the Indian government to immediately end the communications blockade, restore access to life-saving medical care and release all detainees held without due process.
The resolution specifically:
Affirms that any changes to the status of Jammu and Kashmir must be made with the direct consultation of the Kashmiri people, who must play a central role in the determination of their future;
Urges the Government of India to immediately lift all remaining elements of the communications blockade imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, including restoring phone and internet access and refraining from any interference with the provision of medical treatment;
Urges the Government of India to immediately release unjustly and indefinitely detained people in Jammu and Kashmir and to cease arbitrary and politically motivated detentions; and
Urges the Governments of India and Pakistan to implement the policy recommendations of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights contained in its 2018 and 2019 reports.
SWK urges all members of Congress and people of conscience in the United States to support this resolution so that the suffering and voices of the Kashmiri people are heard in ending the ongoing human rights abuses in Kashmir.
Stand with Kashmir is a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement that seeks to end the Indian occupation and support the right to self-determination for the people of Kashmir.