March and motion in support of Kashmir and against India’s aggression
A march and demonstration in solidarity with citizens of Kashmir has been organised for today, 30 August. The march will depart Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre at 4.30pm and proceed to the Indian consulate – full details of locations and organisers are shown above.
At the same time, a pro-Kashmir motion by Sandwell Cllr Mohammed Yaseen Hussain has begun to circulate among CLPs (constituency Labour parties). Labour members around the country are being asked to table the motion at their next meeting:
This CLP condemns the recent actions of the Indian government to revoke article 370 of the Indian Constitution, thereby ending the special status of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
This action by the Modi Government will not only raise tensions between two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan, but will also deny the protection afforded under this article to the citizens of Kashmir.
This CLP also notes with concerns the following:
i) the addition of 180,000 extra troops to the region, which already has over 700,000 troops, and the reports of Human Rights abuses and killings of Kashmiri civilians by the Indian troops
ii) the removal of access to communications with the outside world and the right to travel to and from the region
iii) the house arrest of the region’s political leaders and activists
This CLP therefore calls on the Labour Party to:
a) commit to supporting the retention of article 370 of the Indian constitution until the United Nations resolutions adopted in 1947/8 are implemented
b) affirm that Kashmir is a disputed territory and to commit to supporting the Kashmiri people’s right of self-determination, including the use of instruments of international law
c) call on the Indian Government to restore all communications to the region immediately and to lift all travel bans
d) demand an end to direct rule and the withdrawal of all troops from the region
e) demand an end to all human rights abuses, killings of civilians and immediate free access to the region for international observers and human rights organisations
f) urge India to agree to international mediation bring peace and prosperity to the region
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