(Washington, DC – May 2, 2017) The Muslims of America, Inc., TMOA, civil rights attorneys, advocates and social justice activists announced the launch of a campaign calling for an end to the brutal atrocities perpetrated day and night against innocent men, women and children in occupied Kashmir. The over-militarization of the Indian army amongst Kashmiri residents, the use of civilians as human shields, the killing of children and the use of pellet guns against youth causing orbital trauma and blindness violates every treaty and protocol of human rights. The lack of global outcry is reprehensible.
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 2:00 PM EST, advocates held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C, to officially publicize the initiation of a multi-dimensional campaign to focus attention on the violent repression being inflicted on the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and to assure the long overdue liberation of Kashmir.
For decades, Kashmiris have been victims of mass killings, rape, torture, kidnappings, political repression and suppression of free speech. Indian paramilitary forces have used tear gas, rubber bullets, assault rifles and pellet guns to terrorize the people, injuring and killing almost 100,000 civilians since 1989.
This war against the Kashmiri people has spanned generations. Denial of freedom, combined with global apathy and no accountability, amounts to the worst kind of treachery. This coalition of human rights advocates turns to the American people to join in a campaign to bring attention to this humanitarian crisis, while demanding sanctions against India.
TMOA appeals to the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and all organizations and people who stand for human rights to join this campaign, which includes an urgent petition to the United Nations and for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to conduct hearings on the human rights violations. Additionally, peacekeeping and protective forces must be sent to Kashmir to stop the genocide. The world cannot sit silently as these families face sure extinction without a major global intervention. #Justice4Kashmir
Contact: Muhammad Matthew Gardner
TMOA Public Relations Director
Phone: (434) 352-1166
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