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Three explosions in Kabul speak gruesome volumes of international apathy

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The three explosions at Abdul Rahim Shahid High School in Dasht-e-Barchi, western Kabul, a densely populated Hazara ethnic enclave speak heart-wrenching volumes of apathy at international level. The international community and the torchbearers and protagonists of human rights values have completely left out Afghanistan at the mercy of the Taliban who are otherwise known for their decade long track record of ruthless and subjugating policies towards ethnic minority groups in the country.

From decades of destroying schools, killing ethnic minority groups in large numbers and violating the fundamental human rights of Afghan citizens with impunity, the Taliban have honed their sabotaging skills by creating hypothetical terrorist organisations to fool international community that Afghanistan could further plunge into chaos if they were not supported, sustainable financial aids channels restored and they are not accepted as the de facto and legitimate rulers of the country. Worrying is the fact that international community has not taken any pragmatic steps to exert pressure on the Taliban for safeguarding the lives of Afghan minorities, enshrining equal rights to women, allowing girls to enjoy higher education rights and ensuring independent, free and unbiased media. Since the fall of Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban in mid August last year, they have been ruling the country as absolutists while completely ignoring to give fair and proportionate representation to the ethnic minority groups in government circles, judiciary and the executive.

International tenets and conventions have set out result-oriented, succinct and concise human rights principles which protect the lives of minority ethnic groups. These tenets and conventions state, in case of such violations where the killers are unknown, the state is held responsible for the lives and guaranteed protection of its citizens. However, the international community has, so far, completely ignored the gross human rights violations of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is bound to become the epicentre of terrorism in coming years aiming to target the western countries and their interests in the region should the international community flout its obligations and continue to neglect the cold-blooded persecution of minority groups in Afghanistan.

The Targeted Killings of Two Hazaras on Fatima Jinnah Road Are State’s Security and Intelligence Failure

Muhammad Ali shot dead in his shoe shop on Fatima Jinnah Road on 02-03-2022.

The gruesome targeted killings of two innocent shoe merchants on Fatima Jinnah Road Quetta speak volumes of state’s perpetual security and intelligence failure which have forced the beleaguered Hazaras to venture out of their secluded enclaves at their own risk.

Zulfiqar Ali shot dead on Fatima Jinnah Road on 02-03-2022.

The latest cold-blooded killings of Hazaras have extended the two decade long genocide which are orchestrated and intensified in the wake of vested interests. The so-called “unknowns” successfully spread fear and leave their imprints after every terrorist attack but the state’s security and intelligence operatives continually fail to apprehend them. Worse is the fact that Pakistan’s mainstream electronic and print media outlets skilfully masked these killings with another subsequent bomb blast which killed and injured a score of police officials.

The federal and the provincial governments deliberately ignored the terrorist attack to avoid international backlash.

International Community Should Not Recognise the Taliban Unless Equal Power-Sharing With All Stakeholders Guaranteed

The debacle of Kabul may have shocked the western world but for political analysts and experts privy to internal Afghan issues; this is not surprising at all. With the arrival of the Taliban to reign the country, Afghanistan has returned to the early 90s catastrophic era which is awaiting unending civil war, bloodshed, massacre and gross human rights violations. The sleeper cells of all sectarian outfits and terrorist organisations have decades’ long strategic and logistic partnership with the Taliban and Afghanistan seems to become the breeding ground and epicentre of terrorism. The war-torn and poverty-stricken volatile country is already rife with ethnic, religious and sectarian violence which is likely to set heart-wrenching precedence as like-minded warlords and factions have started forming alliances to fight tooth and nail against the Taliban.

The west spent over 2 trillion US dollars to rebuild the country’s infrastructure and train the Afghan army but the 350,000 army and paramilitary personnel fell like a wall of sand. The international funders, policy-makers, political pundits and military hawks completely failed to realise and recognise the bona fide leaders of the country resulting in absolute waste of resources and their defeat. The west, as always, miscalculated the sincerity and honesty of legitimate Afghan leadership who were cornered to plant their own puppets. Thus, they blindly trusted one Afghan faction by awarding them the lion’s share, which, otherwise, has centuries’ old infamous record of destroying world peace by producing suicide bombers and being against the human rights of minorities, children, girls and women. The outcome of such insane and unrealistic decisions has produced the same anti-humane and anti-societal result as before.

Ashraf Ghani, a malfunctioned, incapacitated and incompetent tout, proudly followed the footsteps of his predecessors and expressed his sheer complicity by handing over the entire country in golden plate to the Kalashnikov-wielding ignorant Taliban and absconding the country with multi-million dollars-stuffed suitcases. The International Community should immediately arrest Ashraf Ghani and indict him for crimes against humanity and massive corrupt practices.

Latest credible and verifiable reports from human sources in Afghanistan echo worrying tidings as the Taliban have started door-to-door search to purge the dissenters and members of ethnic minority groups. The formation of alliances between warring factions is displaying further destruction and worse civil war is flaring-up fast.

The International Community should take holistic approach to resolve the disputes between warring factions by guaranteeing the equal power-sharing of all ethnicities. The Taliban should not be recognised unless a legitimate national coalition government equally representing all stakeholders is formed.

Ghani’s warmongering tactics will further destabilise Afghanistan

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Ashraf Ghani has upgraded his warmongering tactics to the next level in sheer violation of international covenants and treaties by killing innocents civilians who hail from the decades-old, marginalised and persecuted ethnic Hazaras. The latest waves of these killings have been started in Behsud District and the first phase of arbitrary and inhumane persecution has extended to the suburbs of Bamiyan. The aerial bombardment of civilians in Behsud District and the deployment of heavy contingents of security forces to the outskirts of Bamiyan province display Ghani’s dictatorial and Draconian intention to suppress Hazara population.

Ghani has always supported and provided logistics supports to terrorist organisations to further the hegemonic interests of Pashtun and deepen their strategic depth in and outside Afghanistan. In an effort to gather strategic and financial support for the Pashtun, an adviser of the incumbent Afghan President met with Israel’s proactive radical professor, Hilel Weiss in January 2020 in Dehli India and pleaded for support of Pashtuns. The news was aired by Israel’s reliable TV channel, i24new.

AS the Pashtuns, by and large, profess to be the lost tribes of Israel, therefore, Ashraf Ghani has stepped up all out efforts to materialise the multifaceted long-term gains by suppress other nationalities and ethnicities of Afghanistan as well as amassing financial and strategic support from Israel.

The popular Resistance Movement, which represents all persecuted and under-represented ethnic groups of Afghanistan, has sprung out from the war-stricken and under-privileged lower middle class of the Afghans. They feel compelled to pick up arms and defend themselves in the face of Afghan government’s collaboration with terrorist groups.

Ghani’s aerial and ground bombardments of Hazara civilian population in central Afghanistan are tantamount to war against humanity and the international community should immediately intervene to stop mass execution of innocent people and hold Ashraf Ghani accountable for his heinous crimes.

Pakistani Proxies Slaughtered Innocent Hazara Coalmine Workers at Mach

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The first week of 2021 witnessed a gruesome and cowardly terrorist attack on Pakistani Hazaras when more than 11 Hazara coalmine labourers became the latest victims of terrorism. The unfortunate Hazara coalmine workers were singled out from others, blindfolded and their hands were tied behind them and they were slaughtered from their napes. Later, the so-called terrorist organisation Daesh claimed responsibility in an electronic message.
The state-sponsored terrorist attack was staged and completed at Mach on 3 January, 2021. Mach is a small town which is situated in Bolan District of Balochistan province. Mach is about 70 km (44 miles) southeast of Quetta.

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The Pakistani Hazaras, although they have been living in the country centuries before the birth of Pakistan, have faced hundreds of terrorist attacks in the forms of suicide bombings and targeted attacks which resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives. These orchestrated terrorist attacks have continued since, at least 1999 but the state has hardly exercised its constitutional responsibilities to apprehend the perpetrators, their masterminds, the financiers and their accomplices. Such unreserved apathy of the state’s intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies warrants for crimes against humanity and testifies Pakistan’s state-level complicity with the so-called terrorist organisation.

Fast reverse to the terrorist attack of 28th April 2018, when the international protests from Hazara Diaspora living abroad exerted adequate pressure on the incumbent Army Chief of Pakistan to visit and meet the aggrieved minority group and remedy their grievances; the level and gravity of these terrorist attacks were temporarily halted but the latest terrorist attack overshadows the solemn and religious oath of the incumbent Army Chief who guaranteed to safeguard the lives of Hazaras.

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Following the terrorist attack of 28th April 2018, the then Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo moto notice and termed it as Genocide of Hazara ethnicity in an instant court hearing. Unfortunately, the subsequent court hearings by his successor Chiefs Justice of Pakistan have been deliberately placed at a snail’s pace.
This is owing to Pakistan’s Judiciary being massively marred with corrupt judges who only tend to sell out bespoke and tailored judicial decisions to the elite class while the cases of gross human rights violations linger for years without any tangible outcomes.
The latest terrorist attack taking place at Mach, Bolan has triggered a wave of uncertainty and alienation of Hazara support for Pakistan because the rote consolatory statements and shallow reassurances from the top military and civil brass of the country has proved to be superficial and untrustworthy.
Following the Mach terrorist attack, the protesters have staged a sit-in protest in below zero temperature by blocking the western bypass road for all inbound and outbound traffic, demanding from state to end decades’ long killings of innocent people at the hands of their strategic assets. The protesters have thronged to the protest scene in large numbers which include women and children.

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Till publishing of this report, Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments had not visited the protesters nor had they contacted them for redressal of their grievances.

Rights Organisations Pledge Constructive Steps for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in collaboration with the UNCHR held a workshop in Maritime Hotel, Berlin, Germany  from 31st August to 1st September, 2019. The purpose of the Workshop was to bring together Europe-wide Rights organisations and collate their constructive views on problems of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants for onward transmission to the UN’s annual session taking place in Geneva, Switzerland this year.

A few years ago, the international community agreed to a humane and holistic approach towards issues of refugees and migration which led to two Global Compacts, the one dealing with the former, ie., the refugees and other dealing with the latter, ie., migration. This is also known as the New York Declaration. In December 2018, the New York Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in New York. The Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Migration are, thus, non-binding international agreements which have been adopted by almost all the UN member states. The UN also agreed to hold sessions on them every four years, starting from December 2019 where the First Global Refugee Forum will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17th and 18th December.

The Berlin Workshop attracted 24 short-listed representatives of the Europe-wide Rights organisations which included participation from across EU zone.

The Workshop participants presented ideas which commonly affect asylum-seekers and refugees including protection, education, jobs/livelihood and devised solutions around them.

Ashraf Ghani Should Be Indicted for Crimes Against Humanity: Protesters Demand

A demonstration was held on 23-08-2018 outside 10 Downing Street, London from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM against the genocide of beleaguered Hazaras in Afghanistan. The state-sponsored terrorists have targeted Hazaras through suicide bombings, targeted attacks and mass execution, especially attacking public places, schools, places of worship and homes etc to inflict maximum human casualty to all ages.

In a recent tragic incident, a private college was targeted by a suicide bomber in west Kabul on 15th August, 2018 when the teenage students were attending mock entry test exam for admissions to universities. The suicide attack killed 48 students instantly but, later, the death toll raised to 101 while leaving scores others critically injured.

The demonstration was organised to express solidarity with Hazara and other persecuted minorities of Afghanistan which attracted activists from Southampton, Kent, Burton-on-Trent, Birmingham and London etc. Unlike others, who reneged to their assurances by siting in the comfort of their homes with their wives and children, the protesters held placards and chanted slogans against Ashraf Ghani and the security agencies whose apathy towards their constitutional obligations of protecting the lives of Afghan citizens raised suspicions.  The placards read, “Ashraf Ghani Is the Karadzic of Afghanistan”, “International Community Should Stop War Politics in Afghanistan, “Do Not Use Hazaras as Scapegoats in Your Regional Rivalries”, “ICC Should Indict Asharf Ghani for Crimes Against Humanity”, “Afghan Govt. Should Stop Patronising Terrorists”, “For What Sin Was She Killed (81:9-Al Quran)”, “Hazara Diaspora Living in the UK Shall Never Leave Their Brothers Alone”, “Salute to the Fallen Heroes of Dasht-e-Barchi”, “Ashraf Ghani Should Stop Politics of Dead”, “Why the UN Is Silent on the Genocide of Hazaras”, “International Community Should Stop Hypocritical Tactics and Recognise the Genocide of Hazaras” and “Terrorism Shall Never Deter Us from Learning Education”, etc.

The demonstration was concluded by handing over a petition to the 10 Downing Street which demanded the following points:

(i) That the British government should announce an aid package for the victims of Dasht-e-Barchi.

(ii) That the British government, through its foreign mission in Afghanistan; should build educational and vocational establishments in far-flung areas of central Afghanistan, especially Hazara-populated areas so that they can learn education without life threats.

(iii) The UK government should exercise its powers to help International Criminal Court to institute the trial of Ashraf Ghani for committing Crimes against Humanity.

HUM, UK thanked all protesters for defying the odds, especially ethnic Tajik Activists and registering their voice against Genocide of Afghan Hazaras.

Demonstration Outside 10 Downing Street Against State-Sponsored Genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan

Kid Traumatised After Recent Suicide Explosion in West Kabul, Afghanistan

The recent suicide bombing on a student centre in Dashth-e-Barchi area of west Kabul, Afghanistan, instantly killed 48 innocent students, who were attending the preparatory classes for the entry test to graduate admissions. The severity of the suicide explosion raised the death toll to over 100 students, with scores others critically injured.

Releasing the image of the purported suicide bomber through social media, ISIS claimed the responsibility of the attack and vowed for more such attacks against the beleaguered Hazara minority.

Such orchestrated suicide explosions cannot take place without complicity of Ashraf Ghani and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) who are involved in patronising the terrorist groups in Afghanistan to suppress the knowledge-seeking and university-going Hazaras and aim to confine hem to their localities. Nonetheless, the peaceful Hazara civilians have vowed to defy all imminent life threats and continue with their thirst for education with full determination.

Post Suicide Scene:
A critically injured Hazara student is seen sitting the entry test.

 
The systematic discrimination emanating from the Afghan Presidential place is overwhelmingly large and widespread which is tarnishing the already fragile atmosphere of peaceful co-existence among major Afghan ethnic groups. Such vivid discriminatory efforts of Ashraf Ghani forced the Hazaras to mobile the masses and form a civil resistance movement with the name of Enlightenment Movement. In order to justify their years’ long demonstrations, the Enlightenment Movement has compiled a list of Afghan ambassadors, currently serving in foreign mission. Sadly, 75% of ambassadorial positions have been occupied by the Pashtuns only. Such an attempt testifies the policy of favouritism, racial bigotry and dictatorship. 

HUM, therefore, announces to hold a demonstration outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday, 23-08-2018. The details of the demonstration are as under:

Name: Demonstration Outside 10 Downing Street Against State-Sponsored Genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan

Date: 23-08-2018

Time: 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM

Venue: 10 Downing Street, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AA

Nearest Tube Stations: Westminster

All human rights defenders, activists, campaigners, journalists, community leaders and people from other walks of life are requested to participate in the demonstration in large numbers to express their heart-felt and unreserved support to the innocent Afghans who were brutally killed in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan on 15th August, 2018.

For queries, please contact hazaraunitedmovement@gmail.com

Amnesty International Is Considering Legal Action For Misuse of Its Name

Recently, a Press Release (Urdu) bearing the letterhead of the Amnesty International was widely circulated through social media which purportedly condemned the killings of Hazaras and declared it as Genocide. The contents of the same PR were published in the Balochistan’s local newspapers. After thorough examination of the PR, HUM, UK contacted AI’s international secretariat to establish the authenticity of such statement. The AI, in subsequent emails, expressed their concern over genuineness of the PR and urged that all such statements related to its organisation, are issued by its headquarters which can be accessed by visiting its website.

AI has also expressed intent to take legal action against all those misusing its name by issuing unwarranted press statements.

HUM, UK, appeals to all human rights defenders, activists and campaigners to exercise due vigilance before disseminating news from dubious and unreliable sources, specially when they pertain to persecution of beleaguered minority communities.

Government’s Complicity Has Accelerated Targeted Attacks on Christians

Targeted attacks on Christian community have alarmingly in restive Quetta in the past few months. The unfortunate terrorist attack taking place on 15th April resulted in the loss of, at least, two innocent souls while leaving 7 others injured when terrorists opened fire on worshippers standing outside church in Essa Nagri. The level of complicity and incompetence by government officials have facilitated the escape of terrorists after the incidence. The so-called Daesh claimed responsibility of the attack through an electronic message to local media outlets. Daesh is the name being used in wake of recent terrorist attacks although terrorists of Anjuman Sipah Sahaba (ASS), Lashker-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Ahle Sunnat wa Alajma’at (ASWJ) and Daesh etc are different sides of the same coin with full knowledge and appreciation of the government and its security agencies. Anjuman Sipah-e-Sahaba and its militant wing Laskher-e-Jhangvi later becoming Ahle Sunnat wa Aljama’at (ASWJ), despite being banned by Pakistan, UK and USA as terrorist organisations; are free to hold anti-minority rallies and deliver inflammatory speeches provoking attacks on marginalized and under-represented communities.

Soon after the Essa Nagri terrorist attack, a Hazara delegation comprising senior community leaders visited the church and expressed their heartfelt condolences to the aggrieved families. The Hazara delegation was led by Tahir Khan Hazara, a seasoned and outspoken local leader, lauded for his firm stance and rhetoric for minorities. Through a press release issued by the Hazara Siyasi Karkunan (Hazara Political Workers), the Hazara delegation condemned this cowardly attack and offered their full support to the Christian community, who, in return, thanked them for their visit, terming the complete failure and apathy of the government in providing full security.

In the aftermath of the attack, the government authorities instead of taking decisive action against the terrorists; have advised the Christian community that they should remain at their homes instead of venturing out in order to avoid such attacks. In an interview to the DW News, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church’s priest, Simon Bashir expressed his dismay over government’s lack of interest in providing them security.

Over two weeks ago on 2nd April, 2018, the terrorists opened fire on a rickshaw which killed four innocent people of the same family including two women who had arrived to Quetta for family visit during Easter Vacation.

HUM, UK urges international community, the UN’s Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Organisation to intervene into this serious matter to protect the loss of innocent lives in Pakistan.

 

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