This article was first published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs in the online publication "Australian Outlook". In 2019, the Indian government imposed a lockdown on Kashmir with no phone connection and no internet service. The impact on the health, education, and economy of this once prosperous Indian state has been massive. Prior to … Continue reading Kashmir Suffers Under Indian-Imposed Internet Cuts
My speech on 5 February - Kashmir Solidarity Day It is good to be together on Kashmir Solidarity Day - a day when we can amplify our voices for the rights of the people of Kashmir. This is a tough struggle. It will be a long struggle. We need to be well organised and united. … Continue reading To win support for the right of Kashmiris to determine their own future we need to build awareness of what is happening in India
My speech to the 5 August 2020 Webinar - Year of abuse in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which all meet. Today I am on the land of the Gadigal people and pay tribute to their history, their culture and their ongoing struggles for justice. … Continue reading Webinar – Year of abuse in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmiri boys and young men are regularly rounded up by Indian military and police. They are often sent to gaols in India, thousands of kilometres from their home, where it is nearly impossible for their families to visit them. This speech was given at a function for Kashmir Solidarity Day 2020, held at the Pakistan … Continue reading Speech – Kashmir Solidarity Day 2020
My talk at the forum on “Kashmir and peace in South Asia” held at the NSW parliament on 24 October. Tonight’s forum is most important. I see this event as the renewing of our efforts to stand with the people of Kashmir - for their right to self determination; for … Continue reading Kashmir – there is a path to peace with justice
New Matilda published this article on my recent trip to Kashmir and Pakistan. This was their introduction “Australia has an important role to play in protecting the lives of the people in India Administered Kashmir, writes Lee Rhiannon*.” Thousands of eucalyptus trees line the motorway to Islamabad’s International Airport. As I headed home after six … Continue reading Does Australia Have The Courage To Challenge India’s Defiance Over Kashmir?
I will visit Occupied Jammu and Kashmir shortly. In preparing for this visit I have been interested to read about Australia’s involvement. The way Britain, the former coloniser of this region, withdrew from the sub-continent in 1948 laid the basis for one of the most ruthless, long lasting and bloody occupations the world has witnessed. … Continue reading Kashmir – Australia’s involvement
Next week I travel to Kashmir to meet with local people and NGOs to learn about the human right abuses and consequences of the ongoing denial of self-determination. Indian novelist Arundhati Roy has described Kashmir as “the most densely militarised zone in the world”. This was in a 2013 interview on Democracy Now. Roy has … Continue reading Kashmiris’ right to self determination