Jun 24, 2021 | Press Release

Sunday, July 11th at 4:00pm EST
Times Square, NYC

Over 100,000 innocent men, women, and children have been killed by Indian occupying forces over the past three decades in Jammu and Kashmir. Ahead of Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on July 13th, the World Kashmir Awareness Forum will host a rally in solidarity with Kashmiris living under occupation, honoring those who have been lost and demanding peace and self-determination for the region.

WHAT: Rally and speak-out for human rights and self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir, organized by the U.S.-based nonprofit World Kashmir Awareness Forum. Hear from diaspora leaders and activists, including:

  • Dr. Ghulam N. Mir, President, World Kashmir Awareness Forum and Founding Chairman, Founders Committee, Islamic Society of North America
  • Dr. Imtiaz Khan, Professor, George Washington University Medical Center

WHEN: Sunday, July 11 at 4:00pm EST

WHERE: Times Square – Broadway between 46th & 47th St, Manhattan

Media wishing to attend and/or conduct interviews with organizers can RSVP to mia@rosengrouppr.com. Please contact in advance to arrange an interview on-site.
View event flier at kashmirawareness.org/kashmir-martyrs-day-rally

Background on Kashmir

The region of Jammu and Kashmir is facing a devastating occupation and humanitarian crisis. 73 years of Indian military occupation have produced an existential threat, with 100,000 civilian deaths, 10,000 missing, and civic, political and economic life critically suppressed. In the past year, conditions have further deteriorated due to forced demographic changes and the lockdown and an at-will communication blackout imposed by the Modi government, paralyzing the state’s economy, education, healthcare system and social existence. UN-appointed independent human rights experts have called for urgent action in the region, amid concerns of ongoing abuses against civilians there.

About the World Kashmir Awareness Forum

Founded in 2005, the World Kashmir Awareness Forum is an Ohio-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing information on the conflict in Kashmir and advocating for Kashmiris in the region and throughout the diaspora. To accomplish its mission, World Kashmir Awareness Forum produces, aggregates and amplifies news articles and events relevant to the region, organizes and participates in demonstrations and rallies, and engages in advocacy efforts with diplomatic, civic, religious, human rights, political and advocacy organizations, confronting the human rights abuses perpetrated in Kashmir and supporting the region’s right to self-determination. Learn more at kashmirawareness.org.