London:  We are registering our deep concern on the current blackout of the internet in the India Occupied Kashmir by the Indian authorities.

We call the UN to do more than just a narrative of events on India's shutdown of the internet in the India Occupied Kashmir

It is deplorable to know while the special status of Jammu Kashmir has been revoked , now India wants to isolate Kashmiris from the world.

This is indeed against Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( UDHR ). India has gone to the extreme on its clampdown on the press and hunting down journalists to curtail press freedom on the issue of the rights of Kashmiris.

India is also using the Covid-19 outbreak to intensify its lockdown on the IOK. This is nothing more than another annexation plan to take in Kashmir forcibly into the grip of India.

We object to the abusing of the Covid-19 pandemic as a basis to bar the internet connection for the Kashmir territory. The vital information flow amid the outbreak is crutial for the authorities and the people to abreast the situation of the pandemic.

Cutting off digital access will hamper the many essential needs of the people in health , economic and educational services. Health professionals , school teachers and university students need to have access to internet connection.

UN refered the India's measure as “collective punishment” but stop short of indicating any clear action to pressure India to comply to the UDHR. The UN should not only issue statements of concern but must prevail upon India to stop the digital oppression.

All international legal tools must be applied to restore Kashmiri's right of self determination and in particular their basic human right to exist.

We emphasize clearly that India's unilateral action on IOK is intended not to overcome the pandemic but to tighten the security and to deny the freedom of the 8 million Kashmiris in IOK.

We demand the restoration of the internet connection in IOK and the immediate release of all journalists under detention by the Indian authorities.

Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid.
President Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations ( MAPIM )

May 13, 2020

Last updated: May 13, 2020

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