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HUM Participates in a conference on Ethiopian Human Rights

LAH Delivering a Speech in the House of Lords

LAH Delivering a Speech in the House of Lords

The Ogaden Civic Society, UK organised a conference in the House of Lords to invite views from minority rights groups, human rights activists, members of parliament, Lords and other active members of civil society about the on-going grave human rights abuses in Ethiopia. A large number of people of all walks of life, including the representative of Amnesty International for East Africa, minorities rights’ organisations, intellectuals and MPs attended the conference to pledge their support to the Ethiopian people.

A handbill, distributed among the people, highlighted mass human rights violations perpetrated by the Ethiopian army including its security agencies, appealing to the international community for taking serious action against the Ethiopian government.

Among other valuable speakers, Liaquat Ali Hazara – representing Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom was invited for sharing his views over the ongoing persecution of minorities in South Asian countries including Afghanistan with emphasis on strategic and tactical approaches towards combating the spread of religious extremism, militancy, terrorism and intolerance in the region.

LAH sketched a clear picture of the volatile situation with particular focus on the extension of ISIS from Middle East to countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. He expressed grave concern and urged the international community for taking the right step at the right time to harness such menace.

He also thanked the Ogaden Civic Society for organising the conference and hoped that such initiatives could bring together minorities on a platform for greater community cohesion and integration.

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HUM Pays Tribute to Tony Benn in the House of Commons

A conference on the tremendous services of Late Tony Benn was held in Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons on 17-03-2015  from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM which gathered huge crowd from people of all walks of life including the sons of the deceased, MPs, human rights activists and minority rights campaigners. The conference was organised by the APPG on Third World Solidarity while the Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom attended this conference to laud the humanitarian services of him which furthered such noble cause and of the under-represented ethnicities of Africa and Asia.

Below is the News Coverage of the event.

 

Tonny Benn I

Tonny Benn I

 

Tony Benn (Remaining Part)

Tony Benn (Remaining Part)

 

Pictorial Coverage

Pictorial Coverage

 

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e-version

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House of Commons’ Conference Demands the International Community for Safe Release of Abducted Hazaras in Afghanistan

L-R, Mushtaq Lasherie, Ambur Rudd, Sadiq Noyan and Liaquat Ali Hazara

L-R, Mushtaq Lasherie, Ambur Rudd, Sadiq Noyan and Liaquat Ali Hazara

A conference was jointly organised and held in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons on 11-03-2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The aim of the conference was to highlight the abduction of 30 Hazara Passengers who were dragged off local buses in Shah Joyee district of Zabul Province in Afghanistan on 24-02-2015. Although, the conference was organised with short span of one week arrangements, it managed to gather a good number of people of all walks of life including five serving MPs of the UK’s mainstream political parties. The appearance and input of the MPs, as such, is also appreciable who had to reschedule their pre-booked meetings and commitments in the ongoing election campaigns in their constituencies. Among other valuable guests, Mr. Sadiqzada Haji (representative of Ayatullah Mohaqiq Kabuli for Europe, Canada, America and Australia) made a special trip from Norway to Britain to attend and represent the people of Afghanistan. Along with him, Liaquat Ameri (Political Counsellor for Afghan Embassy in UK) furthered the viewpoint and initiatives of the Afghan Government for safe release of the Abductees.

Khalid Mehmood (Labour MP)

Khalid Mehmood (Labour MP)

The MPs, who attended the conference, included Khalid Mehmood (Labour), John McDonnell (Labour), Andrew George (Liberal Democrat), George Galloway (Chairman – Respect Party) and Amber Rudd (Conservative Under Secretary of State for Climate Change and the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change). Ms Rudd, could not attend the conference due to her ministerial role and engagements, however, she dropped by to pledge full support of the Conservative and incumbent British Government over the abduction of innocent Hazara passengers. She also assured of unreserved support of the British Government in exercising its constitutional and international role for raising this issue through Foreign Office with the Afghan Government.

Andrew George (Liberal Democrat MP)

Andrew George (Liberal Democrat MP)

The APPG on the Third World Solidarity, Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and the Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom are profusely thankful to the valuable guests especially the UK MPs for sparing time and showing their unconditional solidarity with the families of the abductees.

Liaquat Ameri (Political Counselour - Afghan Embassy)

Liaquat Ameri (Political Counsellor – Afghan Embassy)

Haji Sadiqzada (Representative of Ayatullah Mohaqiq Kabuli for Europe, Canada, America and Australia)

Haji Sadiqzada (Representative of Ayatullah Mohaqiq Kabuli for Europe, Canada, America and Australia)

Mr. Galloway deserves huge gratitude for sparing one complete hour to support the initiative.

George Galloway (Chairman - Respect Party)

George Galloway (Chairman – Respect Party)

In pursuant of this dire matter, a meeting was also arranged with the Afghan Ambassador at the Afghan Embassy on 12-03-2015 which lasted for an hour. A delegation of Hazara elders and notables were led by Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom and Hazara International Forum of Great Britain. Mr. Muhammad Yaar (Doctor), the Afghan Ambassador listened to the grievances and concerns of the delegate patiently who assured of exercising all available resources for safe and early release of the abductees. At the end of the meeting, a petition detailing the concerns and reservations of the APPG on Third World Solidarity, HUM and HIFGB was presented to the Afghan Ambassador who instructed the relevant quarter for its immediate transmission to the Afghan Government.

 

Meeting with the Afghan Ambassador

Meeting with the Afghan Ambassador

Sadiq Noyan (Former President - Hazara Community Milton Keynes)

Sadiq Noyan (Former President – Hazara Community Milton Keynes)

The news coverage of the event through international media shall be incorporated soon as HUM is still awaiting to obtain it from relevant news agencies.

Haji Agha Marzooq Ali (Chairman - Shakir Youth Trust and Hazara International Forum of Great Britain)

Haji Agha Marzooq Ali (Chairman – Shakir Youth Trust and Hazara International Forum of Great Britain)

Liaquat Ali Hazara (Chairman - Hazara United Movement, United Kingdom)

Liaquat Ali Hazara (Chairman – Hazara United Movement, United Kingdom)

Syed Ashfaq Shah (United Muslim Organisation)

Syed Ashfaq Shah (United Muslim Organisation)

Attendees listening attentively

Attendees listening attentively

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Group Picture

Group Photo

Group Photo

S Ali Khan (HIFGB)

S Ali Khan (HIFGB)

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House of Commons’ Conference to highlight the abduction of 30 Afghanistani Hazaras

File Photo

File Photo

All Parties Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity in collaboration with Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom will hold a conference in the House of Commons to highlight the abduction of 30 innocent Afghanistani Hazara passengers who were taken off local buses en route to Kabul in Shah Joyee district of Zabul province, Afghanistan. The hapless Hazara passengers were singled out and abducted by gunmen whose whereabouts are still unknown.

Holding the Conference was formally agreed upon by all the three organisations in an emergency meeting held in London on 28th February, 2015.

The details of the programme are as under:

Venue: Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, Bridge Street, SW1 2LW.

Time: 6:00 PM

Date: 11-03-2015.

For booking a space into this Conference, please contact the following phone numbers 07746 872 535 or 07435 523 821.

Afghan Government is responsible for the kidnapping of 30 Hazara passengers

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Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom is gravely concern over the safety of 30 Hazara passengers who were abducted from local buses in Sha Joi district of Zabul Province six days ago. Ironically, the deliberate silence of the the mainstream Afghan political parties and their leadership including the Afghanistani Hazara leaders is highly reprehensible given the sensitivity of current kidnapping issue.

Taking serious notice of this dire matter, HUM and Hazara International Forum of Great Britain called an emergency meeting on 28th February in London to formulate a viable strategy for raising this issue to the international level and exerting pressure on the Afghan Government for safe release of the abductees. Among others, the meeting was attended by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity who have concluded a number of urgent initiatives. It was also decided to hold a meeting with the Afghan Ambassador to UK and relaying such concerns for safe release of the abductees as well as holding a conference in the House of Commons on 11th March, 2015.

HUM condoles with the affected families of abductees and ensures to take every possible step for mounting pressure for release of the innocent Hazara passengers.