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

PAKISTAN: More than 100 dead bodies from three mass graves were found in one district of Balochistan

The UN and international human rights organisations must send fact finding missions to probe the illegal disposal of Baloch people in mass graves

Massacre of Shias in Quetta provides damning indictment of authorities: HRW
Massacre of Shias in Quetta provides damning indictment of authorities: HRW

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses shock and deep concern over the discovery of mass graves in Balochistan; it is suspected that these graves are of Baloch missing persons who were arrested and subsequently extrajudicially killed. A large number of family members gathered around the places of Tootak village, district Khuzdar to inquire about their loved ones who have been missing for many years. However, the police and other security forces refused them permission to try and identify the bodies and baton charged the people to disperse them.

On January 25, three mass graves were found after one of them was discovered by a shepherd who saw pieces of human bodies and bones. He informed the Levies, a private armed force organised by tribal leaders, and according to Assistant Commissioner, district Khuzdar, Mr. Afzal Supra, Balochistan, the grave was excavated and 15 bodies were found.

As the news of the mass grave spread throughout the district people gathered there and started digging in the nearby area where they found two more mass graves. In total 103 bodies were recovered from the graves. The bodies were too decomposed to be identified. From the three mass graves 17, 8 and 78 bodies were found but the local people say that a total of 169 bodies have been found. People have witnessed more than 100 human bodies in Tootak while they were digging the area. However, Pakistani military forces stopped the local people from unearthing the mass graves and took control of the area. Now, no one is allowed access to the location except military personnel.

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According to the media, a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity said so far they have found around 56 unidentified graves and that there are many more. It is claimed that these bodies are those of Baloch missing persons.

The confirmation by government officials that over one dozen bullet-riddled bodies have been dumped in unmarked graves — many of them considered to be mass graves — in Balochistan has exposed the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the security forces over the years in a bid to suppress a popular uprising against the government.

It is feared that more mass graves will be found in the coming days. However, the Pakistan Army, in order to hide its crimes, is not allowing any civilian or media outlets to visit the area. Anyone trying to gain access to the area comes under live fire by the Army. It is believed that the genocide of Balochis is one of the biggest mass killings of the 21st century.

Nasrullah Baloch, the vice chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), fears that their relatives who disappeared following arrest by the security services in the restive province might be buried in those graves. Baloch says that his cousin and the son of Mama Qadeer, who is leading the historical long march for the recovery of missing persons, Jalil Reki and another, Sana Sangat were brought to Khuzdar after arrest and killed after some days. He believes that their bodies must be here with others.

These mass graves were found very close to the residence of Mr. Shafique Mengal, who is a well known man of the security agencies and who is heading a militant organisation with the name of Nifaz-e-Amn. The organisation claims itself to be affiliated to the Pakistan security forces, working for the implementation of Islam and against Anti State elements. He has been provided with 30 armed vehicles. Whenever the security forces fail to conduct actions in tribal and mountainous areas they ask for Mengal’s help. The Frontier Corp (FC) own this organisation as the true one working body for the protection of Balochistan. The FC and other forces, as claimed by Baloch nationalist groups, have helped him to make private jails and torture centers in Tootak where the missing persons are brought and tortured before being extrajudicially killed. There is no power supply in the area but interestingly, electricity lines were provided to his private jails and his ‘fort’ which is guarded by the law enforcement agencies.

Human rights violations could soon escalate as the Pakistani government recently passed a new controversial law, the ‘Pakistani Protection Ordinance’- PPO, which has legalised enforced disappearances. The government has made an amendment in the PPO, though it has yet to be approved by the parliament. In an effort to provide protection for the crimes of the security forces the government has given legal cover for enforced disappearances and allows the security agencies to keep any suspect for up to three months without presenting them before a court and in cases of suspected terrorism the person can be kept for six months in their custody.

The crimes of the security agencies in Balochistan and the mass-scale disappearances and extrajudicial killings have now been exposed by the discoveries of these mass graves.

The non-investigation of the enforced disappearance of thousands of persons in Balochistan can be likened to the concentration camps of the Nazi’s who operated without any control or oversight; in a similar fashion as the armed forces and security agencies in Pakistan who answer to no one.

The AHRC urges the government of Pakistan to immediately form a transparent high judicial inquiry to probe the cases of the mass graves and provide information relating to the possible identities of the deceased persons. It is a prime responsibility of the government to inform the nation of each and every development in the progress of the investigation. Otherwise it will be difficult to control the volatile situation in Balochistan which may well spread like wildfire throughout the entire country.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan must take Sou Moto action on the discovery of the mass graves.

The AHRC urges the United Nations to send a high powered fact finding mission to probe the presence of mass graves in Balochistan province, particularly in Khuzdar district. It must be pointed out that the people of Pakistan do not expect any proper and transparent investigation from their government and the security agencies as they themselves are involved in the killings and enforced disappearances and the concealment of such crimes, therefore, the importance of a UN report cannot be over emphasised.

Document Type :Statement
Document ID : AHRC-STM-023-2014
Countries : Pakistan