The region of Jammu and Kashmir is facing a devastating occupation and humanitarian crisis, which is largely overlooked in media and international affairs. The World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization on a mission to change that.
Founded in 2005, the WKA is an Ohio-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing information on Kashmir and advocating for Kashmiris in the region and throughout the diaspora. The WKA engages in advocacy efforts with diplomatic, civic, religious, human rights, political and advocacy organizations, including the United Nations, the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and more to confront the human rights abuses perpetrated in Kashmir and support the region’s right to peace and self-determination.
World Kashmir Awareness Forum Board Members include:
Ghulam N. Mir, MD; FACG: President.
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Mir is an Akron, OH based Gastroenterologist born and raised in Kashmir. Dr. Mir has held numerous prominent positions in the nonprofit and advocacy realm, including Founding Chairman of the Founders Committee for the Islamic Society of North America, Founding Co-Chair of the Northeast Ohio Jewish-Muslim Dialogue alongside Temple Israel, and Secretary General and President of the London-based World Kashmir Freedom Movement. Dr. Mir retired from medical practice in 2019 to work for the Kashmir cause full time.
Imtiaz A. Khan, PhD
Khalid Qazi, MD, MACP
Abdul Rauf Mir, MD
Khalid L Qazi, MD, MACP
The World Kashmir Awareness Forum was founded in 2005 by decades-long activists to raise international awareness of the ongoing occupation and human rights violations in Kashmir. WKA members are American citizens – however they have many friends and family members who remain in the region, and experience first-hand the brutal conditions.
Approximately 4,000 members of the Kashmiri diaspora live in the United States, with a global diaspora of approximately one million people. Many Kashmiri activists abroad are unable to return due to punitive restrictions imposed by the Indian government. Many more in the diaspora live with the threat of travel restrictions, forcing them to remain silent.
In collaboration with other U.S.-based Kashmiri diaspora organizations, such as Friends of Kashmir, Kashmir Mission USA, and the Kashmir American Welfare Association, WKA has a broad mandate of awareness-raising and advocacy through numerous channels and organizations spanning the diplomatic, civic, religious, human rights and political sectors in the U.S. and internationally. WKA engages in advocacy efforts with major organizations such as the United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Asia Watch, Physicians For Human Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Association of Parents With Disappeared Persons in Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies and more.
World Kashmir Awareness Forum is funded entirely by individual donations from U.S. citizens and is not affiliated with any government or any governmental organizations in the U.S. or abroad.