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Stand With Kashmir (SWK) is a Kashmiri diaspora-driven independent, transnational, grassroots movement committed to standing in solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh (henceforth referred to as “occupied Kashmir” or “Kashmir”) in ending the Indian occupation of their homeland and supporting the right to self-determination of the pre-partition state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Our mission is to advocate for an end to the Indian occupation, and the right to self-determination for the people of the disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. While we do not advocate one particular solution for the future of the region, we strongly support a just and sustained process in which the people can ultimately decide their future through an internationally mediated referendum.

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SWK CENSORSHIP

Stand With Kashmir (SWK) condemns the Indian government’s official blocking of our website in India and Kashmir.

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Statement of Solidarity with Kashmir

Statement of Solidarity with Kashmir: Demand an end to the occupation and call for self-determination. Now is the time to stand with Kashmir.

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Junk Philippine Terror law

Stand With Kashmir (SWK) is proud to stand with the Filipinx people who have endured the dictatorship of Rodrigo Duterte for over four years now.

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#BlackLivesMatter

Stand With Kashmir (SWK) recognizes that Black Americans are systemically targeted, criminalized, and murdered by an unreformable police force born out of slave patrols that now shares tactics with the Israeli military occupations of Palestine and Indian military occupation of Kashmir. #BlackLivesMatter

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We Stand With Masrat Zahra

Stand With Kashmir (SWK) is in complete solidarity StandWithKashmir is in complete solidarity with Kashmiri photo-journalist Masrat Zahra, 26, who has been booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Kashmir. This law allows the government to proscribe individuals as "terrorists" and hold them for up to seven years.

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StandWithKashmir Calls for the Immediate Release of All Kashmiri Prisoners

Stand with Kashmir (SWK) Calls for the Immediate Release of All Kashmiri Prisoners.

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Statement of Solidarity With the Victims of the Kabul Massacre.

Stand With Kashmir (SWK) stands in solidarity with the loved ones of those killed and injured, and the worldwide Sikh community, in the wake of deplorable attacks against a Gurdwara in Kabul, Afghanistan last week.

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Standwithkashmir Statement on covid-19 in kashmir

COVID-19 in Kashmir: Stand With Kashmir (SWK) is deeply concerned by the communication restrictions and lack of proper aid during height of the current pandemic.

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US President Donald Trump’s visit to India.

Stand With Kashmir (SWK) on US President Donald Trump's visit to India.

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Stand with Kashmir’s Statement on Kashmiri Pandits and the Ongoing Aspiration for a Pluralistic Jammu and Kashmir*

Statement on Kashmiri Pandits and the Ongoing Aspiration for a Pluralistic Jammu and Kashmir.

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Stand With Kashmir (SW) stands in solidarity with those who are fighting against the rise of fascism and Hindutva in India.

We stand in solidarity with those who are fighting against the rise of fascism and Hindutva in India.

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Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Representative Steve Watkins (R-KS) Introduce A Congressional Resolution (H. Res. 745) Urging the Indian Government to Immediately End Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir

Congressional Resolution (H. Res. 745) Urges the Indian Government to Immediately End Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) Introduces Congressional Resolution (H. Res. 724) Denouncing the Indian Government on Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir

Rashida Tlaib introduces and sponsors House Resolution 724, the “Condemning the Human Rights Violations taking place in Jammu and Kashmir” bill.

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Tom Lantos Commission Holds Historic Congressional Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir

Tom Lantos Commission Holds Historic Congressional Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir

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Stand with Kashmir commemorates International Day of Resistance as Kashmiris in over 60 cities worldwide mark 72 years of resistance against the occupation

International Day of Resistance: 60 cities worldwide mark 72 years of resistance against the occupation

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Stand With Kashmir extends appreciation and thanks to the people of Punjab

Stand With Kashmir extends appreciation and thanks to the people of Punjab

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Stand with Kashmir joins thousands in historic UN protest and vigil

Stand with Kashmir joins thousands in historic UN protest and vigil

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Artists from Stand With Kashmir & The Sanctuaries convened a panel and art installation at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, part of the Smithsonian museums of international and modern art.

On September 20th 2019, artists from Stand With Kashmir & The Sanctuaries convened a panel and art installation at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, part of the Smithsonian museums of international and modern art. Highlighting the theme of ‘Resist to Exist’, the installation included collaborative pieces and a new work from British-Kashmiri artist Sumaya […]

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Hundreds of U.S. Academics Urge India to Lift Kashmir Blackout, Grant Kashmiris right to self-determination

September 25, 2019: Over 450 academics in wide-ranging fields from across the United States are calling on India to immediately lift the communication blackout and siege imposed in Kashmir and grant Kashmiris the right to self-determination. In a letter, professors, researchers and scientists demanded the Indian government cease the communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir, […]

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Stand with Kashmir sent a dossier to the UN Human Rights Council to bring attention to the human rights abuses that continue in Kashmir.

Given the escalation in human rights violations against Kashmiris, SWK requests the HRC to act swiftly and immediately to demand an end the communications blockade, ease travel restrictions and urgently restore access to essential medical supplies. Given credible reports of torture, the letter also asked HRC to demand the release of all individuals who are […]

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Thousands to protest Narendra Modi’s visit to New York on September 27, 2019

New York, NY: Kashmiris in the diaspora, South Asian allies, faith leaders and solidarity groups will gather outside the United Nations headquarters on Friday, September 27, 2019 to protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing blockade and human rights violations in Kashmir. PM Modi is expected to speak at the 74th session of the United […]

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Stand With Kashmir welcomes the withdrawal of actors Riz Ahmed and Jameela Jamil as well as UN High-Level Commissioner and SDG Advocate Alaa Murabit from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Award ceremony where PM Narendra Modi will be honored.

The withdrawal of Riz Ahmed, Jameela Jamil, and Alaa Murabit from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Award ceremony scheduled for later this month is a tremendous victory for Kashmiris, Indians and people of conscience everywhere standing up to the scourge of right wing populism in India. Stand With Kashmir applauds the bold stances […]

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U.S. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Condemns India’s Actions in Kashmir, calls for UN resolution that “respects the will of the Kashmiri people”

Senator Bernie Sanders spoke out against India’s unlawful actions in Kashmir and expressed support for the Kashmiri people at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference on Saturday, August 31st, making him the first U.S. presidential candidate to do so. ​ “I am deeply concerned about the situation in Kashmir where the Indian […]

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Stand with Kashmir’s Statement on Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir #internationaldayofthedisappeared

Stand with Kashmir (SWK) marks the International Day of the Disappeared by foregrounding the more than ​3,000 Kashmiris​, including children and minors, who have been arrested

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Stand with Kashmir Statement on UAE’s decision to award Modi highest civilian award, days after Genocide Watch issues Kashmir alert

The United Arab Emirates’ decision to go ahead with ​awarding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi its highest civilian award on Saturday is a slap in the face to the people of Kashmir who continue to live under a communication and military lockdown that began on August 4. ​ The UAE’s decision is particularly chilling given […]

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Academics and People of Conscience Across the Globe Call For Democracy, Freedom, Dignity, Self-Determination and Justice in Jammu and Kashmir

We, the undersigned, are distressed by the Indian government’s recent actions in Jammu and Kashmir—in particular: The abrogation—without consulting the people of Jammu and Kashmir, of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, thus ending Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutionally-guaranteed autonomous status, which had been in place for over 70 years. The deployment of additional […]

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