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e-2607

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Jammu and Kashmir is internationally-recognized disputed territory;
  • On March 31, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian government introduced the new domicile law. This law is aimed at demographic change, and at taking the land and resources from the indigenous population of Jammu and Kashmir;
  • This law is counter to the United Nations Security Council resolutions 47 (1948), 91(1951), 96(1951), 98(1952), 122(1957) and 126(1957) that call for a plebiscite to determine the future of the disputed territory;
  • Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states “the occupying power shall not transfer its own civilian population into territory it occupies;” and under Article 1 all High Contracting Parties, which includes Canada, are required to take action to ensure respect for the Convention “in all circumstances”; and
  • The overall situation has dangerously worsened as India continues to withhold 4G internet access denying fundamental rights to expression, communication, and information, with even health professionals unable to access urgently required information as they respond to COVID-19.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1- Condemn the government of India’s Domicile Law, and its settlement-colonization underway in Jammu and Kashmir
2- Request that India immediately restore 4G internet access;
3- With urgency given COVID-19, request that India ends preemptive imprisonment and free all political prisoners;
4- Insist upon compliance with international legal obligations as part of Canada’s ongoing relationship with India, especially in trade, defense, and counterterrorism; and
5- Proactively work with the UN towards implementation of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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