WKAF and KDC Issued The Joint Statement
SEP. 22, 2023 – PRESS RELEASE
Washington, DC – The World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF) and the Kashmir Diaspora Coalition (KDC) issued the following joint statement in solidarity with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the family of Canadian Hardeep Singh Najjar who was murdered on June 18, 2023, allegedly by Indian foreign intelligence operatives.
Expressing horror at this heinous crime, WKAF and KDC Board members unanimously stated “We stand in complete solidarity with the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian people, and the Canadian Sikh community in condemning this extrajudicial killing. This is a clear instance of the Government of India flaying international law and engaging in state-sponsored acts of terrorism. Silencing overseas political opposition through sheer acts of terror will have a far-reaching impact on freedom of speech and expression across the civilized world.”
We, at WKAF and KDC, are committed to the principles of a free, democratic world. Since the Modi-led BJP government came into power in India, it has systematically silenced any opposition to its rule both domestically and internationally. Moreover, we would like to bring to the world’s attention the havoc India is wreaking in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir as it continues to commit grievous human rights violations, including murders and illegal detentions of those who resist the oppressive regime.
Finally, the international community is urged to confront the fascist BJP government of India, especially while it aggressively hunts down defenseless asylum seekers, refugees, political activists, academics, international students, human rights defenders, and journalists. We urge the Human rights groups in the US, UK, Canada, EU, and other law-abiding countries to confront and sanction the Indian regime for its blatant disregard for international law.
Founded in 2005, the World Kashmir Awareness Forum is a Washington, DC-based 501(C)(3) not-for-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, WKAF produces, aggregates, and amplifies news articles relevant to the region. It organizes and participates in demonstrations and rallies and engages in advocacy efforts for the diplomatic, civic, religious, human, and political rights of Kashmiris in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. It produces and posts YouTube videos and engages with the world on Instagram, Meta, and X.