RSS Feed

Tag Archives: HUM

HUM Shall Raise the Issue of Genocide of Hazaras in the United Nations in Geneva this Year

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

This is extremely worrying to see that people are being target killed in Quetta, Pakistan because of their racial, religious and faith-based profiling. In contrast, the failure of Pakistani government and its security establishments in providing fool proof security and protection to minorities is perverse and inconsistent with Universal Charter of Human Rights and the Declaration of  the UN for Minorities. These resolutions obligate Pakistan, as a signatory, to ensure complete safety and protection of minorities at all cost. Unfortunately, the recent waves of targeted attacks of Hazaras and Shias in Quetta cast doubt over constitutional role of security agencies of Pakistan whose incompetence have caused panic and fear among citizens.

In the last five days, the targeted-killings of four (4) innocent people with another critically  injured in Quetta, Pakistan exhibit vacillation of Pakistani authorities in establishing its writ and ridding the country of the menaces of intolerance, religious extremism and terrorism. In comparison, Pakistani media regularly gives coverage to the press statements of banned religious and terrorist organisations. Media’s such irresponsible action is mockery of the law where Balochistan High Court, through its decision in 2013, forbade Pakistani media outlets from publishing statements of banned religious organisations.

The State owes a responsibility in implementing courts’ decision without fail and expeditious action should be taken against all those media groups responsible for promoting and glorifying heinous acts of intolerance and terrorism in the country.

Keeping in view the perpetual killings of Hazara minority in Pakistan and Afghanistan which have caused their unprecedented displacement and migration to other countries, HUM announces to raise these issues of  huge human rights violations at United Nations’ forthcoming session in November this year in Geneva.

The Genocide of Hazaras and Shias in Pakistan (Substantial Case Submitted before the UN)

Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom has always stood at the forefront when it comes to the Genocide of Hazara and Shias, especially in Pakistan. Through TV interviews, press statements and by holding static demonstrations in the UK to mobilise the masses including Hazara Diaspora, mainstream political parties of Pakistan and human rights organisations to raise voice against the ongoing massacre of the Hazaras in Pakistan. In the wake of the perpetual killings/genocide of the Hazaras and Shias in Pakistan, a sober conference was held in the House of Lords on 25th May, 2013 which was chaired by Lord Eric Avebury, the Vice Chairman of the All Parliamentary Human Rights Group in the British Parliament. Barrister Rubab Rizvi, a human rights barrister; coordinated throughout to make this event a success whose commitment and gusto, in such matters, are unmatchable.

Hazara United Movement, wholeheartedly, thank the mainstream Pakistani political parties who have not only expressed their genuine concerns about such killings but also participated in the conference, on 25th February this year, to show their full support and solidarity with the Hazaras and Shias of Pakistan. Therefore, HUM is thankful to Dr. Saleem Danish (MQM’s Head for the UK) and his team, the 10 members of Pakthoonkhawa Milli Awami Party including its UK Head and other office bearers, Mr. Amjad Khan (The former Head of PTI in UK) and his team, Ahle Sunnat wa Al Jama’at, Minhaj-ul-Quran, Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Shia, Europe, Amnesty International, Al Khoei Foundation and the Muslim Council of Great Britain who spared time to attend the conference and express their full support and cooperation.

Chairman, Muslim Council of Great Britain, a Hazara lady participant, LAH and the Political Councillor of Pakistan Embassy are seen in the conference

Chairman, Muslim Council of Great Britain, a Hazara lady participant, LAH and the Political Councillor of Pakistan Embassy are seen in the conference

Hazara Notables and Elders at the conference

Hazara Notables and Elders at the conference

Another view of the participants

Another view of the participants

Myra McDonald of Reuters and Ahmed Syed of ARY are seen in the middle row

Myra McDonald of Reuters and Ahmed Syed of ARY are seen in the middle row

L-R, Chairman, Jamaa'at Ahle Sunnat wa Al Jamaa't, Lord Eric Avebury, Allama Ali Rizvi (Chairman, Majlis-e-Ulama Shia, Europe), Haji Marzooq Ali (Chairman Hazara International Forum of Great Britain, Allama Musharraf Hussaini (Majlis Ulama-e-Shia, Europe and Akbar Khan Kakar (President, Pakhtoonkhawal Milli Awami Party, UK)

L-R, Chairman, Jamaa’at Ahle Sunnat wa Al Jamaa’t, Lord Eric Avebury, Allama Ali Rizvi (Chairman, Majlis-e-Ulama Shia, Europe), Haji Marzooq Ali (Chairman Hazara International Forum of Great Britain, Allama Musharraf Hussaini (Majlis Ulama-e-Shia, Europe and Akbar Khan Kakar (President, Pakhtoonkhawal Milli Awami Party, UK)

At the Parliament House: L-R, Sadiq Noyan, Yousuf Al-Khoei, Haji Jan Ali, Barrister Rubab Rizvi, Haji Marzooq Ali and Musa from Manchester

At the Parliament House: L-R, Sadiq Noyan, Yousuf Al-Khoei, Haji Jan Ali, Barrister Rubab Rizvi, Haji Marzooq Ali and Musa from Manchester

887009_347652132013135_2072720471_o

R-L: Dr. Salim Danish, President UK Chapter of MQM and other notables

R-L: Dr. Salim Danish, President UK Chapter of MQM and other notables

L-R: Maulana Najam and Musa

L-R: Maulana Najam and Musa

HUM is also thankful to friends and the Quetta-based welfare organisation(s) who responded positively in very short notice and helped in collecting and collating witness statements from the victims/affectees of various targeted killings, suicide bombings and mass killings etc. The self-explanatory Report and hundreds of witness statements, duly signed by the heirs/guardians of the victims were prepared and forwarded to the UN’s Special Rapporteurs for further action who have acknowledged the receipts of substantive material and assured to take necessary action.

(Write-up of Lord Eric Avebury, Vice Chair of All Parliamentary Human Rights Group, published in the Huff Post on the same day)

Escalating the case of Genocide of Hazaras to the UN is of paramount importance in that this is the singular attempt by any organisation to have successfully furthered the case to the United Nations. It also serves as the harbinger of hope for the hapless people who live in sheer despondency and anticipate panacea to their ongoing sufferings.

Below are the English and Urdu news reports, published in the Daily Jang and the News on the 1st of June, 2013. To read the English news report online, click on this link: (http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-181249-UN-approached-over-targeted-killings-of-Pakistani-Shias)

More developments of the case to follow in the weeks to come. Please visit our blog and like our facebook page to get these updates regularly.

 

UN Approached I UN Approached II
Urdu News Report

UN Approached Urdu I UN Approached Urdu II

(Source)

HAZARAS PROTEST IN FRONT OF PAKISTAN EMBASSY LONDON AGAINST KIRANI ROAD BOMBING

Image

Protesters in front of Pakistan Embassy London.

Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and Hazara United Movement, United Kingdom organised a peaceful protest in front of Pakistan Embassy, London on 17-02-2013 to raise voice against the callous bombing of Kirani Road which had killed over 84 innocent people and injuring more than 200 others.

Protesters shouting slogans

Protesters shouting slogans

The protest started at 12:00 noon with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Haji Marzooq Ali. The organisers, then, started shouting loud slogans in English and Urdu. The slogans denoted the Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Army Chief and the Government of Pakistan to take serious action against the perpetrators, their financiers and sympathisers. Hundreds of people participated in the protest including women and children.

The on-going persecution of Pakistani Hazaras has compelled everyone to come to streets and hold protests to raise strong and unified voice against it. The cold-killing of this ethnicity is continue since 1999 and thousands of innocent people have been targeted in south-western city of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The repeated incidents of targeted killings and suicide and planted bombings have taken the lives of over 1500 Shi’ties while 1200 of them belong to the Hazara tribes. Over 4500 have been injured and about 65% of them are critically injured.

A protester holding a placard

A protester holding a placard

Pakistan’s mainstream political organisations such as Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf, Muthahida Qaumi Movement, Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) also joined the protest to show their support and solidarity with the Hazaras.

Members of Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PMAP)

Members of Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PMAP)

Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party
Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party

The speakers included Haji Agha Marzooq Ali (Chairman Hazara International Forum of Great Britain), Liaquat Ali Hazara (Chairman Hazara United Movement, United Kingdom), Habib Ahmedi (General Secretary HIF), Maulana Abbas Haider (Majlis Ulama Shi’ite, Europe) and Maulana Musharraf Hussaini (MUS). The other speakers include Dr. Saleem Danish of MQM, Amjad Khan of Pakistan Tehreene-e-Insaaf and Akbar Khan Kakar of Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PMAP).

LAH (Chairman HUM)

LAH (Chairman HUM)

Dr Saleem Danish (MQM), addressing the protesters

Dr Saleem Danish (MQM), addressing the protesters

Dr. Saleem Danish said that MQM had always raised voice against all kinds of atrocities and cruelties. We shall standby our Hazara brothers and support them at this hard time. “Our condolences go to the families of the victims. This incident has traumatised Qauid Tehreek Altaf Bhai who has not eaten anything since. He said, “MQM fully supports the demands of the Hazaras and ask the government to accept them immediately. The demands are legitimate and constitutional. The state must provide full protection and security to the Hazaras in Balochistan”

Amjad Khan (UK President, Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf), addressing the protesters

Amjad Khan (UK President, Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf), addressing the protesters

Amjad Khan of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf said that he had come to participate in the protest on special directives of the PTI Chief, Imran Khan who had asked him to attend it by all means. “PTI will raise voice on all forums against persecution of Hazaras. If PTI wins the next general election, it will wipe out terrorism and religious extremism from the country. The government has completely failed to provide security to the people”.

Member of Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party, addressing the protesters

Member of Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party, addressing the protesters

Akbar Khan Kakar addressed the protesters and said that the Pashtun and Hazaras have always lived together. “We will support our Hazara brothers at this crucial time. Hazaras lived in Balochistan before the partition. This is their native land and they must be provided security.”

An angry protester chanting slogan

An angry protester chanting slogan

At the end, a petition was handover to the Pakistani Embassy which laid down the demands as:

(i)                      Quetta city should be handed over to the army without any delay.

(ii)                  That the government must ensure to initiate surgical operation against the Islamist terrorists and Lashker-e-Jhangvi in and around Quetta city.

(iii)                 That a Judicial Enquiry Commission comprising of Three Serving Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan be set up immediately to investigate the matter thoroughly.

(iv)                 That the government must track and take immediate action against elements of intelligence agencies and law enforcement departments who have links with these terrorists.

(v)                  That the terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi who have been arrested during Governor’s rule must be expeditiously tried in anti-terrorist courts.

(vi)                 That the financiers of the terrorists be tracked down and prosecuted immediately.

(vii)               That the families of the martyrs of these suicide attacks, targeted killings and planted bombings must be compensated from 2006.

(viii)       That the severely injured and injured victims of these incidents must be treated in private hospitals on government expense and be compensated for their loss.

(ix)                 That a family member of the affectees/victims be provided government job as per academic credentials.

 

 

The receipt of Petition by the Pakistani High Commission

The receipt of Petition by the Pakistani High Commission

The receipt of Petition by the Pakistani High Commission

The receipt of Petition by the Pakistani High Commission

Kid Protester with her mother

Kid Protester with her mother

This slideshow requires JavaScript.