Hundreds human rights activists, who came from different parts of United Kingdom (UK), staged a protest demonstration in Cornwall against India and in favour of the freedom of Kashmir and Palestine.
The protesters gathered at the main venue of G7 conference in Cornwall to condemn the rising killings of political activists, human rights violations and arrests of political leaders in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Palestine.
The protest march was jointly led by Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK), UK, Resist G7 Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, trade unions and climate change groups Protesters were shouting slogans like “Go India go back”, “Stop human rights violations in Kashmir, “Free Palestine and “Implement UN resolutions on Kashmir.
The TeK UK President, Raja Fahim Kayani, addressing the protesters said, struggle of Kashmiris is a moral question that puts to shame those who claim to be harbingers of freedom, defenders of human rights and providers of justice.
He said, when G7 leadership is meeting in UK, India has turned IIOJK into a concentration camp and has made life of Kashmiri people a hell. Children are main victims at the hands of Indian Army in Kashmir since 1989, he added.
“Let us remind these conscience keepers that Kashmiris have been denied right to self-determination promised by these same countries in 1948.
Kashmir is the longest unresolved dispute in the United Nations and the people of Kashmir are being punished by India army for asking their political rights, he said.
“Your business interests have made you blind. Come out of this hypocrisy and stand for justice, human rights and basic right to self-determination for the people of Kashmir.
Your silence has made you complicit in settler colonialism after India opened gates of extremist Hindu settlers by removing citizenship safeguards on August 05, 2019,” the TeK UK President observed.
Kayani further said, India is openly violating Geneva Conventions by removing natives and settling non-native, anti-Muslim settlers.
Kashmir is a Muslim majority territory and India is changing the demography because India knows it will lose Kashmiris hands down when a plebiscite is held.
Raja Fahim Kayani said, Kashmir is the most militarised area in the world, adding that more than half a million people have been killed for last 73 years, especially one hundred thousand people were killed in last 30 years.
He deplored that New Delhi was committing environmental terrorism as Indian military forces had occupied fertile lands, orchards, farm fields and fresh water.
India is not only committing war crimes again humanity but also lakes, forests and more than 2.8 million kanals of land in Kashmir, he said, adding Indian military is plundering Kashmiris resources, cutting down forests, transporting timber to their military bases in India because of which glaciers are melting at a faster pace causing flashfloods in the area.
Kayani reminded the world leaders that India was not only responsible for war crimes against humanity in Kashmir but also must be held accountable for environmental terrorism at a time when global leaders were holding climate summits to counter global climate change. The world must stop India’s demographic terrorism in Kashmir.
It is time to stand up against India’s settler colonialism and hold it accountable for its war crimes and human rights abuses in Kashmir, President TeK UK Kayani concluded.—KMS