London, UK: This week around the world, Hazara people, human rights activits, friends, and allies have come together in solidarity following the most recent terrorist attack on Hazara people in Afghanistan that killed 55, and injured more than 115 people, mostly young Hazara girls.
People have organised peaceful protests in over 80 major cities across the world to join the #StopHazaraGenocide campaign. Thousands of people are standing with and joining the British-Hazara community to call on the UK government to take urgent action in response to the systemic and escalating discrimination, violence, and killings experienced by Hazara people in Afghanistan. The protestors are gathering on 12 October 2022 at 12:00 at 10 Downing Street to march to Parliament Square and are asking the UK government to:
Recognise mass atrocities against Hazaras as genocide and deploy all means available to prevent genocide and to prosecute the perpetrators;
Engage in a dialogue with Afghan-neighbouring countries to facilitate safe passage for Hazaras fleeing persecution in Afghanistan;
Advocate in the United Nations and its entities to establish a Fact-finding mission monitor the ongoing situation of the Hazaras, collect evidence and document the systematic attacks of Hazaras, and conduct thorough internationally mandated investigations into these ongoing atrocities.
The Hazaras have long faced relentless systematic violence based on membership in an ethnic and belief group. According to a recent study, the Hazaras of Afghanistan have endured nearly 300 attacks since 2002. The Taliban targeted the Hazaras during the insurgency under the former Republic. To date, none of the crimes carried out against Hazaras have been investigated. None of the perpetrators have been held accountable and no actions towards justice and compensation for victims and families have been pursued. The Taliban have also forcibly displaced thousands of Hazaras from their native and ancestral lands across the country including Daykundi, Helmand, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Uruzgan.
These attacks amount to the crime of genocide, and fulfil the elements described in Article II of the Genocide Convention of 1948. Since August 2021, genocidal attacks against the Hazaras have increased significantly, with an emerging pattern of targeting Hazara youths. These systematic attacks have made it difficult for the Hazara people to exist, as Hazaras are attacked in educational centres, places of worship, hospitals, sporting facilities, public gathering, highways, wedding halls and schools. Therefore, we believe that the Hazaras are enduring a continued genocide in Afghanistan. On 30th September 2022, Hazaras faced yet another deadly targeted attack in Afghanistan. Over 55 young Hazara students were killed and over 115 injured in Kaaj Educational Centre, Kabul. Several international organisations like the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Genocide Watch and The Hazara Inquiry report (attached) warned that Hazara are at serious risk of genocide at the hands of the Taliban and IS-K