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In Kashmir, the UAPA is being used to stifle all forms of dissent and expression of the people against the ongoing occupation and settler colonization. India is expanding the definition of “terrorism” to include all forms of not just legitimate armed resistance to colonial rule, but also non-violent expression. This further endangers Kashmiri civil society and rights defenders.

What is the UAPA?

The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is in place to “prevent terror-related activities, unlawful associations, and activities that may endanger the sovereignty and integrity of India.” It allows the government to jail an individual for six months, without a trial or bail, stonewalling any judicial intervention. According to Amnesty International and…

Bipin Rawat, war criminal

After serving years in the Indian army, commanding forces in Kashmir, and installing draconian policies in Kashmir, Indian defense chief Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash on December 8, 2021.

Who was Bipin Rawat?

Rawat, who hailed from the Indian state of Uttarakhand, made a career out of killing and terrorizing Kashmiris. In fact, he comes from a military family where several generations served in the Indian army. When it came to Kashmir, he was known for his vocal and genocidal statements about Kashmiris…

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On January 6, 2021, Hong Kong police, acting for the Chinese government, arrested at least 53 pro-democracy Hongkongers for the alleged crime of “subversion.” These arrests were pursuant to “national security” legislation which was imposed by fiat on Hong Kong by the Chinese government. …

Budgam, Indian-occupied Kashmir

Zooni Begum at her village in central Kashmir’s Budgam (Photo Credit: Stand with Kashmir).

At 108, Zooni Begum is the oldest person in her village of Zilsidora, Jabbad, hidden in the vast jungle of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Once the bumpy road ends, visitors must trek by foot another four kilometers to the village. Tall pine trees and snowy mounts dot…

Pahalgam, Indian Occupied Kashmir

Abdul Aziz Khatana, 37, standing outside his demolished house in Lidora village in Pahalgam. (Photo: Stand with Kashmir)

Tucked in the forests of the tourist hill station of Pahalgam, a few hours southeast of Kashmir’s capital, lies the village of Wangidaru-Lidoora. For decades, Abdul Aziz Khatana and his nomadic ancestors have called this picturesque place home. Except now, his home is gone.

At the end of a curving…

Srinagar, Indian-occupied Kashmir

Abid Mir, 18, who was shot in the head by the Indian army on November 5. (Photo Credit: Stand with Kashmir).

On November 5, Abid Mir, 18, a milkman, left his home in Meej village of Pampore for the routine collection of milk in the village that was to be delivered to his customers the next morning. The Indian army hit him with a bullet in his head…

Stand with Kashmir

SWK is a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement that seeks to end the Indian occupation and support the right to self-determination.

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