Afghan women protest to #StopHazaraGenocide after Kabul bombing kills dozens

Dozens of women from Afghanistan’s minority #Hazara community protested in the capital Saturday after a suicide bombing a day earlier killed at least 35 people – mostly young women, and all from the Hazara ethnic group. Protesters later gathered in front of the hospital and chanted slogans as dozens of heavily armed Taliban, some carrying rocket-propelled-grenade launchers. According to witnesses; peaceful protesters have been met with an increasingly violent response.

A bomber blew himself up on Friday at a Kabul study hall as hundreds of pupils were taking tests in preparation for university entrance exams in the city’s Dasht-e-Barchi area.

Since returning the Taliban to power, the luck of the state rises threats against Hazara and other minorities. The Hazaras are one of the main ethnic groups in Afghanistan, constituting over 20 percent of the population. The Hazaras have long been subjugated and subjected to discrimination and persecution due to their ethnic and religious identity.

Afghan women display placards reading ‘Stop Hazara genocide’ and chant slogans during a protest a day after a suicide bomb attack at the Dasht-e-Barchi learning center in Kabul on October 1, 2022. © AFP

@LinaRozbih The people in Afghanistan are killed because they are #Hazara, killed because they are #Shia, killed because they #seek_education, killed because they raise their voice against the #Taliban’s atrocities, killed because they seek their #rights…and the world only condemns & ignore.

@UNAMAnews UNAMA human rights teams in Kabul helping establish accurate record of college attack in #Hazara neighborhood. The latest UN figures show at least 35 killed & 82 hurt. The majority of casualties are girls & young women. All names need documenting & remembering & justice must be done.

@thedaoudnaji UNAMA asked the Taliban to provide security for the Hazaras, this looks like asking the Nazis to provide security for the Jews. #stopHazarGenocide

Pain, anger, sadness, frustration, impatience, and worry are words that describe my feelings right now. Seeing that dreams, hopes and desires are replaced by screams, sighs, and moans are killing me. |Amir Abbas| #StopHazarzaGenocide

UNICEF also offers its heartfelt condolences to all families affected by this terrible event and wishes for a swift recovery to the injured. “Violence in or around education establishments is never acceptable.  Such places must be havens of peace where children can learn, be with friends, and feel safe as they build skills for their futures.

Alongside the women’s pretests in Kabul, many Afghan citizens rises their voices on Twitter with the hashtag #StopHazarzaGenocide screaming with pain, anger, sadness, frustration, impatience, and worry, the words that the world leaders cannot and will not feel right now.

Mokhtar Yasa twitted; 20 yrs ago, Zahra Ahmadi was born to a #Hazara family in #Ghor province. She studies hard to get to this stage of her life. She dreamed to continue her university studies & serve her nation. The terrorists took her life & dreams by attacking her #Kaaj academy. #StopHazaraGenocide

“Children and adolescents are not, and must never be, the target of violence. Once again, UNICEF reminds all parties in Afghanistan to adhere to and respect human rights and ensure the safety and protection of all children and young people.” <UNICEF>

Ethnic dimension

As the UN has condemned a suicide bombing against Hazara, in their report to the Human Rights Council on 6 September, Mr. Bennett detailed how Hazara communities have been subjected to multiple forms of discrimination, negatively affecting their economic, social, cultural, and human rights.

“There are reports of arbitrary arrests, torture, and other ill-treatment, summary executions and enforced disappearances,” the Special Rapporteur insisted. “In addition, an increase in inflammatory speech is being reported, both online and in some mosques during Friday prayers, including calling for Hazaras to be killed.”| UN Human Rights Council |

On maj last year, before the Taliban’s return to power, at school in Dasht-e-Barchi at least 85 people — mainly girls — were killed and about 300 were wounded. At that time also Taliban were the focus of claims by international and national media. The decision on education has worrying echoes of the tactics the Taliban used in the 1990s, when they last ruled Afghanistan, to bar girls from school without issuing a formal prohibition.

Women are imprisoned in their homes and are denied access to basic health care and education. Food sent to help starving people is stolen by their leaders. The religious monuments of other faiths are destroyed. Children are forbidden to fly kites, or sing songs… A girl of seven is beaten for wearing white shoes. — President George W. Bush, Remarks to the Warsaw Conference on Combating Terrorism, November 6, 2001.

Violation of Basic Rights

Again the Taliban claims that we are trying to ensure a society in which women had a safe and dignified role, but the facts show the opposite. Women were stripped of their dignity under the Taliban. At the moment they are unable to support their families. Girls are deprived of basic health care and of any semblance of schooling. They are even deprived of their childhood under a regime that took away their songs, their dolls, and their stuffed animals — all banned by the Taliban.

The Taliban perpetrated egregious acts of violence against women, including rape, abduction, and forced marriage. Some families resorted to sending their daughters to Pakistan or Iran to protect them. Many Afghan activists’ lives are hidden and many have already left the country with the support of US and NATO members.

[Today’s horrific attack is… a shamefaced reminder of the inaptitude and utter failure of the Taliban to protect the people of Afghanistan. [Taliban’s] actions of omission and commission have only further aggravated the risk to the lives of the people of Afghanistan, especially those belonging to ethnic and minority communities. Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner

By Marziye Vafayi and edited by Basir Seerat.

Suicide bomber strikes Hazara kids in Kabul education center, 31 confirmed lost their lives.

A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Hazras area of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 31 people and wounding over 50, including teenagers who were taking practice entry exams for university.

@Kaaj Academy before and after the attack. Crammed with eager students waiting to take their practice exams, full of hope for a brighter future. A reminder that #Afghanistan’s future depends on stopping international crimes, holding perpetrators to account, and #educating youth 2/2

The images, names, and ages of the confirmed killed show how their family can barry their losses?

The morning explosion at the center took place in Kabul’s Dashti Barchi neighborhood, an area populated mostly by ethnic Hazaras, who belong to Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community. The Islamic State group has carried out repeated, horrific attacks on schools, hospitals, and mosques in Dashti Barchi and other Shiite areas in recent years.

Around 300 recent high school graduates, boys and girls had come to the Kaaj Higher Educational Center at 6:30 a.m. to take practice exams, said one survivor, 19-year-old Shafi Akbary.

All victims of such terrorist crimes are entitled to be treated with respect, and the International delegation should take action to stop attacks on Hazaras. All the Hazara victims are entitled to considerate, professional, and non-discriminatory treatment adapted to the individual in question.

As the Hazaras requested many times, the international community and the UN must be recognizing victims’ legal status and their human rights. These crimes are against their ethnicity, their beliefs, and their beloved children, it’s genocide by the legal status and their human rights.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Islamic State group, the chief rival of the Taliban, has been waging a campaign of violence that has intensified since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August 2021.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Islamic State group and Taliban top leaders are behind such devastating human rights crimes. Afghanistan’s Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims, have been a frequent target of the violence.

-In Dashti Barchi, IS carried out a 2020 attack on a maternity hospital that killed 24 people, including newborn babies and mothers…

-An attack on a school in 2021 that killed more than 90, mostly schoolgirls, the Taliban and IS carried out the barbaric attack…

-Hazaras neighborhood sees frequent bombings of minibusses and, earlier this year, a school and another education center were hit near simultaneously, with many losses…

-United Nations and the concerned states have a duty to investigate and prosecute those responsible for such heinous crimes, as the Hazara victims are entitled to considerate, professional, and non-discriminatory treatment adapted to the individual in question.

Amnesty International’s South Asia campaigner, Samira Hamidi, said Friday’s attack showed the “utter failure of the Taliban, as de-facto authorities, to protect the people of Afghanistan.

She said the Taliban have taken few measures to protect the public, especially Shiites and Hazaras “Instead, their actions of omission and commission have only further aggravated the risk to the lives of the people of Afghanistan, especially those belonging to ethnic and minority communities,” she said.

Quote Tweeted by @ShaharzadAkbar: Carnage. Continued targeting of Hazaras in Afghanistan. The targeted attacks on Hazaras have been killing civilians, students, mothers, and unborn children for years. The former gov failed to provide protection & accountability. So are the Taliban. #Afghanistan

Dr. Mohammad Amin Ahmadi
1/4_The systematic killing of child Hazara students continues. Today, another education center for Hazaras people in Kabul was blasted by a suicide attack. It is one of the longest systematic attacks against the children of the Hazara people. In reality, it is flowing systematic killing of these people. As the human right reporter mentioned, the current situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban sovereignty has produced religious and racial hate against Hazara by some religious centers and the Taliban.

The U.S. chargé d’affaires for Afghanistan, Karen Decker, condemned Friday’s attack in a tweet.

“Targeting a room full of students taking exams is shameful; all students should be able to pursue an education in peace & without fear,” she said. “We hope for a swift recovery for the victims & we grieve with the families of the deceased.”

The sectarian massacres against Hazaras have taken place under successive Afghan and Pakistan governments since 2005. To all Hazara, the persistent failure of the authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at both the provincial and national levels to apprehend attackers or prosecute the militant groups claiming responsibility for the attacks suggests that the authorities are incompetent, indifferent, or possibly complicit in the attacks.

The Hazara recommendations to the UN and the Int, Communities, due to the lack of a proper state in Kabul, the UN are entitled and must take immediate measures to investigate and prosecute sectarian killings in Afghanistan.

Members of the British parliament: the risk of the genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan has increased, and their investigative report calls on all governments to act as members of the UN Genocide Convention to protect millennials and prevent the possible genocide of this ethnic and religious minority. Millennials have been subject to targeted attacks and discrimination for years, but in the last twenty years, they have made achievements in the field of fighting discrimination, isolation, and deprivation.

Today’s horrific attack is… a shamefaced reminder of the inaptitude and utter failure of the Taliban to protect the people of Afghanistan.

[Taliban’s] actions of omission and commission have only further aggravated the risk to the lives of the people of Afghanistan, especially those belonging to ethnic and minority communities.

Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner

By: Marziye Vafayi writer & psychologist



By Edris Joya

For more than sixty years, December 10th has been celebrated as the Human Rights Day . The remembrance is a commemoration of the declaration of human rights, which was passed on December 10th in 1948. But at the same time, it is an annual reminder. It shows us how year after year passes, and still the situation for people around the world who suffer from human rights violation, increases only in small steps.

One might think that sixty years are a very long time, when in fact it is very little if it comes to changing things. If we try for example to transform the way people treat or perceive each other in our immediate social environment (this might include a school, university, or home town), we soon realize how incredibly hard it is to change peoples minds. Ways of thinking about or treating people, for example of a different ethnic or religious group, are patterns manifested already in childhood days. The result is a society where for example racism occurs on a daily basis.

If we can’t even, or only hardly can make our direct neighbors pay attention to human rights – how should this ever be possible on a worldwide basis?

Human rights are violated every day in wars like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine and many more, and it is often hard to tell by which side of the conflicr. Exploitation, human trafficking and modern day slavery are still major issues of the 21st century. And countless journalists, whistle blowers or intellectuals that are held in prison or killed by repressive regimes show that freedom of speech is still not guaranteed anywhere. Random killings and genocide of certain minorities are sad and regular atrocities to humanity.

How come though that the western hemisphere has appointed itself as the ultimate protector of human rights? A look behind the bars of America’s high security prison Guantanamo Bay quickly lets the image of our so called civilized world fade a way. Not only the US, but also Europe ensure discrimination rather than the protection of human rights.

The increasing number of immigrants in many European countries is one of the biggest challenges for society because it requires innovative ideas and new ways of thinking. Instead, political parties and media often misuse the image of migrants as the new enemy and a threat to the local culture and population – only to have someone to blame for current problems. Sadly, this leads to stereotype thinking, prejudice and fear among citizens and culminates in zero tolerance. People from other countries face huge problems just finding a job or renting a flat. The conditions asylum seekers have to live in, sometimes for years, are devastating especially in the crowded accommodations in Greece or Turkey. Life in central Europe is not much more pleasant for them, though. Police forces make use of so called racial profiling and observe people with a darker skin color or foreign appearance much more often than locals. This shows how even in national institutions neutrality is slowly being replaced by presumption.

Facing these deficits in the protection of human rights, not just on the other side of the world but also in our immediate social environment, no one should be satisfied with only twenty-four hours for human rights every year. We need to realize that discrimination sometimes takes place in wars of countries far away, but sometimes just round the corner of where we live. This also means that everyone can step outside and start changing something right away. We need to work on this, the issue of human rights, together as a global community, and not just leave it all to governmental bodies, so that the steps of improvement can steadily grow bigger every year. An individual may be the smallest part of society, but individuals also make up the biggest proportion. With once being aware of this, every day will become Human Rights Day.