“Angry, but not Surprised” Kashmiri Activists Condemn India’s Illegal Surveillance Tactics

Aug 25, 2021 | Press Release

-World Kashmir Awareness Forum Calls for International Unity in Defense of Journalists, Politicians, Activists, Students and more-

Washington, DC (August 25, 2021) – The World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKA) issued the following statement in response to India’s expanding use of surveillance and espionage:

“We are angered, but not surprised, to learn about India’s targeting and surveillance of politicians, diplomats, journalists, and others with Israeli Pegasus spyware. For decades the people of Jammu and Kashmir have endured such relentless violations of privacy and human rights at the hands of Indian occupying forces.

India’s illegal surveillance at both domestic and international levels shows an inherent and systemic lack of regard for human rights, freedom of expression, and national sovereignty. The fact that their target list includes prominent Kashmiri figures, and journalists who report on the region, confirms the interconnectedness of India’s systems of repression and intimidation.

If India hopes to earn its title as the world’s largest democracy, it must put an immediate end to undemocratic surveillance and occupation. We stand in solidarity with those targeted for their work toward a more just, open, and democratic India. In this moment, the international community must unite to demand accountability and justice – or witness India’s continued slide into authoritarianism and repression.”


About WKA (the World Kashmir Awareness Forum)

Founded in 2005, the World Kashmir Awareness Forum is a Washington, D.C.-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.