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Watchdog Seeks Probe into Targeted Attacks on Hazara Community

The Afghanistan Human Rights Commission, relying on its assessments about some recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, says that the Hazara community in Afghanistan are prone to “genocide,” reiterating that such targeted killings require comprehensive and deep investigation by an international team that should be picked by the UN.

Since mid-May, at least five attacks have been conducted in Kabul in which majority of the victims were from the Hazara community, including the attack on Sayed al-Shuhada High School in west of Kabul that killed over 90 people, almost all of them students, two blasts that targeted city buses in west of Kabul on Tuesday and two explosions in the west of Kabul on Thursday that targeted a corolla vehicle and a minivan, killing nine civilians, all from the same community.

“Our assessments showed that the Shia and Hazara community in Afghanistan are exposed to genocide and this requires more investigation,” the chairperson of the commission, Shahrzad Akbar, said. “That’s why our statement called for a probe team or an international probe commission.”

She added: “In recent days, we were busy in seeking justice so that an international probe team would visit Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, a hashtag of “#StopHazaraGenocide” is rounding on social media platforms over the last two days in which social media users from within and outside the country cite recent attacks, show solidarity to each other, call for thorough probe into them and say they cannot affect the unity among Afghans. 

“Our passengers are dropped out of the car and are killed. They are killed at schools. Our children are killed. It is in fact a genocide. We have to raise our voice,” said Musa Khan Reja, an artist.

“They should pay attention that I, as a Pashtun, am a supporter of my Hazara brother and will never allow the enemy to create rupture between us by such terrorist attacks,” said Khalid Noora, an activist. 

On one of Thursday’s blasts, three members of one family, all women, including a TV anchor, were killed, and five more were wounded. One of them, a young girl, died of her wounds at a hospital in Kabul early hours of Sunday as her relatives described. 

“Please, please, prevent such attacks so that the people live with calm… Everyone is tired,” said Zabihullah Nawabi, an artist.

Figures by some sources show that at least 560 people have been killed in 14 attacks on Hazara community in Afghanistan in the last five years. Most of these attacks are suicide bombings and bomb blasts, many in the west of Kabul. 

Watchdog Seeks Probe into Targeted Attacks on Hazara Community

The human rights commission says an international team should probe recent attacks in Afghanistan.

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The Afghanistan Human Rights Commission, relying on its assessments about some recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, says that the Hazara community in Afghanistan are prone to “genocide,” reiterating that such targeted killings require comprehensive and deep investigation by an international team that should be picked by the UN.

Since mid-May, at least five attacks have been conducted in Kabul in which majority of the victims were from the Hazara community, including the attack on Sayed al-Shuhada High School in west of Kabul that killed over 90 people, almost all of them students, two blasts that targeted city buses in west of Kabul on Tuesday and two explosions in the west of Kabul on Thursday that targeted a corolla vehicle and a minivan, killing nine civilians, all from the same community.

“Our assessments showed that the Shia and Hazara community in Afghanistan are exposed to genocide and this requires more investigation,” the chairperson of the commission, Shahrzad Akbar, said. “That’s why our statement called for a probe team or an international probe commission.”

She added: “In recent days, we were busy in seeking justice so that an international probe team would visit Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, a hashtag of “#StopHazaraGenocide” is rounding on social media platforms over the last two days in which social media users from within and outside the country cite recent attacks, show solidarity to each other, call for thorough probe into them and say they cannot affect the unity among Afghans. 

“Our passengers are dropped out of the car and are killed. They are killed at schools. Our children are killed. It is in fact a genocide. We have to raise our voice,” said Musa Khan Reja, an artist.

“They should pay attention that I, as a Pashtun, am a supporter of my Hazara brother and will never allow the enemy to create rupture between us by such terrorist attacks,” said Khalid Noora, an activist. 

On one of Thursday’s blasts, three members of one family, all women, including a TV anchor, were killed, and five more were wounded. One of them, a young girl, died of her wounds at a hospital in Kabul early hours of Sunday as her relatives described. 

“Please, please, prevent such attacks so that the people live with calm… Everyone is tired,” said Zabihullah Nawabi, an artist.

Figures by some sources show that at least 560 people have been killed in 14 attacks on Hazara community in Afghanistan in the last five years. Most of these attacks are suicide bombings and bomb blasts, many in the west of Kabul. 

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