World Kashmir Awareness Forum Condemns the Indian Government’s Decision to Sentence Kashmir Liberation Front Leader Muhammad Yasin Malik to Life in Prison
“We condemn the life imprisonment sentence of Indian Intelligence Agency’s special court in New Delhi against Muhammad Yasin Malik, one of the most fearless, influential, and revered leaders of Kashmir, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. He was convicted of multiple acts of terrorism, illegal fund raising, criminal conspiracy and sedition. Malik has challenged India’s jurisdiction over his legitimate right of resistance against Indian occupation.
He has spent most of his life in resisting Indian state violence, torture, and multiple jail sentences. He also travelled the world – India, Pakistan, EU, and the US in pursuit of a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict, after he renounced armed resistance in 1994.
In 2019, Malik was arrested along with hundreds of other political activists. Kashmir was flooded with 800,000 military and paramilitary forces and on August 5, 2019, Kashmir was locked down and blacked out as a prelude to the unilateral abrogation of Articles-370 and 35-A. Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its limited autonomy.
Many of his fellow Kashmiri leaders remain in Indian prisons some, for up to 30 years on various draconian laws, including Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir is recognized by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a disputed state whose resolutions is pending application of UN Resolution 47, April 21, 1948. UNSC mandates a free and impartial plebiscite conducted by the United Nations.
Voices of indigenous Kashmiris for plebiscite have grown stronger despite increasing atrocities, forced disappearances, imprisonments and forced demographic changes. Malik with his indomitable faith and spirit will continue to inspire millions of Kashmiris around the world to keep on resisting colonialism until they achieve their right to self-determination.
World Kashmir Awareness Forum urges the international community, human rights organizations, and the United Nations to condemn Malik’s life sentence and demand his immediate release from the prison.’’
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 the demonstrations and rallies, and engages in advocacy efforts with diplomats, civic, religious, human rights, political and advocacy organization, confronting the human rights abuse perpetrated in Kashmir and separating the region’s right to self-determination. Learn more at Kashmir awareness.org.