Hazara Australians are saying that Afghanistan is unsafe for Hazaras and they are asking the international community to intervene and protect Hazaras from being massacred. Thousands of Australian Hazaras and their supporters will gather in all main cities of Australia on Sunday, 30 May 2010 to protest against the current wave of attacks on Hazaras by Kochi (nomad) as the Taliban Pushtoon forces backed by Karzai Government and to show that the condition for Hazaras in Afghanistan and those fleeing as refugees, is unsafe and far from improved.
“We are deeply concerned about the recent attacks on Hazaras in Afghanistan. The Karzai government has done nothing to prevent the Taliban Kuchi’s invasion of Hazara lands. In fact, Karzai’s inaction encouraged the nomads to invade Hazara areas,” Abdul Alizada, a representative of Hazara community said.
The pastoralists known as “Kochi”, a predominantly Pashtun armed group, brought their flocks to the Hazara areas in Afghanistan, killed many civilians, burnt and looted their houses and made thousands of local Hazaras flee their homes.
“Hazaras were a strong supporter of the Karzai government and the international community; they were the first to lay down their arms. They contributed to the reconstruction of Afghanistan but the international forces for security in Afghanistan and Karzai government have not protected Hazaras from attacks by the Kuchis.” Alizada continued.
"Hazaras have been persecuted and forced to flee for over a hundred years under different Pashtun rulers, the Taliban and now by the Karzai’s government under the nose of NATO forces,” Ahmad R Wakil another Hazara community representative said.
According to Ahmad the Hazara people have been denied their basic human rights and protection by the occupation forces, “The Hazaras in Afghanistan have been stripped of their basic rights, the right to food by having Kuchi flocks to graze their harvest. They have also missed out on the billions of dollar poured in Afghanistan. Now they are forced to leave their lands. It looks like Hazaras don’t have a home; they are forced out from their homes,” Ahmad added.
“The Hazara community, including those in Australia, want an end to this centuries old cruel practice. We want peace and long term security,” said Ahmad, “The Australian Hazara community requests that the international community must intervene in the systematic genocide of Hazaras and brings those who have committed crimes against humanity to justice,”
Another Hazara community member, Abdul Hekmat, said “In the light of increasingly vicious attacks by Kochis and Taliban, the Australian government has suspended the Hazara application for protection. This is concerning for us,” he said, “We are horrified about the opposition’s immigration policy announcement to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visa and keep people indefinitely in on-shore processing centre. We have lived through it all under Howard’s inhuman policy. Seeing it back is simply unacceptable,” says Abdul Hekmat
“We also thank the Australian nation for providing us with an opportunity to live in a safe and secure country, but for a large numbers of Hazara that peace and security is denied in Afghanistan” Mr Alizada concluded.
Demonstrations will be taking place across Australia on Sunday May 30th, organised by the Australian Hazara Council.
Places of Gathering:
- Sydney from 12 – 2pm in Wynyard Park to Martin Place,
- Melbourne from 2 – 4 pm in the front of State library in Swanston Street,
- Adelaide, 11am to 1pm in Victoria Square,
- Perth at 10am starts from the front of Parliament house for one hour,
- Demonstrations in Brisbane will take place on Sunday 6 June in the City Centre from 10:30am to 12pm.
A massacre is happening
Houses and schools burnt
Photos, videos and reports on the attacks by the Taliban –backed Kuchis on Hazaras in Behsud and Daimirdad are available here: http://hazaristantimes.wordpress.com/
Also available are pictures and Reports of demonstrations across Afghanistan.
In a statement, the US Embassy in Kabul on its Facebook page has said;
Dear Facebook friends,
We have seen your many postings concerning the ongoing dispute between the Kuchi and Hazara peoples. This is an internal Afghan matter and the United States supports the efforts being made by the Government of Afghanistan to mediate an end to these conflicts.
We thank you for your comments,
U.S. Embassy Kabul
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