CAIR: Muslim Leaders to Call on Maryland Elected Officials to Take Immediate Action on Kashmir Crisis

Kashmiri-American families in Maryland blocked from contact with loved ones will attend to demand end to communications ban  

(Baltimore, MD, 9/29/19) - On Monday, September 30, the Maryland Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join Muslim leaders and Kashmiri-American families in the state to call on elected leaders to act urgently and immediately to:

1. assist them in connecting with loved ones in their homeland, which has become impossible since the Indian army imposed a ban on communications nearly two months ago

2. demand that the Indian government lift its siege on millions of people in the Kashmir valley, free them from its illegal occupation and grant them autonomy and self-determination.

WHO: CAIR, Muslim leaders, Kashmiri-American families in Maryland

WHAT: News Conference Urging Immediate Solidarity Action with Kashmir, Maryland Families Seeking to Re-Connect with Loved Ones

WHEN: Monday, September 30, 11 a.m.

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com

Backgrounder:

On August 5, the Indian government illegally revoked Article 370 of the constitution, taking away the protected status of the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir. The legal maneuvering that led to the revocation of Article 370 has been widely panned by legal experts as unconstitutional and a complaint has already been filed in the Indian Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the revocation.

For more than 70 years, this protected status granted autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir in all matters except defense, foreign affairs, and finance and communication. The accession of the Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to India in 1947 was conditioned on a protected status for Jammu and Kashmir. United Nations Security Council Resolution 47, passed in 1948, allowed the people of Jammu and Kashmir a plebiscite to determine their future.

SEE: India Revokes Kashmir’s Special Status, Raising Fears of Unrest

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/world/asia/india-pakistan-kashmir-jammu.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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