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UK: Vigils held to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day in Scotland


Edinburgh, (The Muslim News):

Two vigils were held outside the Indian consulate in Edinburgh on February 5 to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The first was organised by Tehreek e Kashmir with the second coordinated by the Kashmir Solidarity Movement (KSM). The latter was recently formed by University of Edinburgh students.

Representatives from both organisations handed correspondence to consul officials urging New Delhi to respect human rights in the valley, as well the promised UN resolution, allowing for a plebiscite so the Kashmiri people could decide on self determination.

Hanif Raja of TeK said: “We have been demonstrating for the past 15 years and we will continue to do so, peacefully. We will only stop when the Kashmiris have a say on their future.”

Leaked cables through Wikileaks in 2010 revealed representative from the International Committee of the Red Cross, passed evidence to US officials of the widespread use of torture by the Indian army in Occupied Kashmir.

Beenish Khan of the KSM said: “We stand in solidarity with the Kashmiri people. We aim to raise awareness of their struggle and the human rights abuse inflicted upon them which include enforced disappearances, extra-judicial executions, unlawful detentions and rape being used as a weapon of war.”

Other speakers and organisations represented on the evening included Edinburgh Stop the War, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities and We are all Hana Shalabi. Mick Napier, of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, highlighted the extensive military co ordination between Israeli and Indian armies.

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