Petition with 100,000 signatures opposes award to Modi » Kashmir Media Service

Actors Riz Ahmed and Jameela Jamil boycott Gates event

Washington, September 17 (KMS): Activists delivered a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the Gates Foundation’s Seattle headquarters asking the high-profile organization not to give an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of his actions in occupied Kashmir.

The petition from Justice for All says the award, which the foundation is giving to Modi for a sanitation initiative in India at an event next week, “could not have come at a more awkward time.”

It points to recent events in Kashmir, where Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government stripped its part of the Muslim-majority territory of its special status last month and then arrested thousands of people and cut communications in a widespread crackdown.

Actors Riz Ahmed and Jameela Jamil have also pulled out of the Gates event, which they were scheduled to attend next week. Jamil said on Twitter that she “will not be commenting on any of this” in response to a tweet about her pulling out. HuffPost reached out to Ahmed’s representatives for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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