About Us

Founded in 2005, the World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKA) is an Washington D.C.-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 organizations, including the United Nations, the UN Human Rights Council, and Amnesty International. Our goal is to raise awareness and confront the human rights abuses perpetrated in Kashmir and support the region’s right to peace and self-determination

Our Mission

The World Kashmir Awareness Forum strives to increase awareness of the human rights violations being perpetrated in the region of Kashmir. It is our goal to effect change, improving conditions on the ground, and ultimately ending the misery and suffering of the Kashmiri people.

Advocacy Partners

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. WKA is funded entirely by individual donations from U.S. citizens and is not affiliated with any government or any governmental organization in the U.S. or abroad.

our history

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 who have witnessed first-hand the brutal conditions inflicted by the Indian government.