Of one essence is the Human race
(A report on protests held across Australia in condemnation of Kuchi attacks on Behsud and daimirdad)
By: Besmellah Rezaee
The ongoing killings, massacre, destruction of homes, villages, and illegal occupation of Hazara’s Land in Behsud and Daimirdad districts are the worrying signs for all humanity loving people around the globe.
Our people have been suffering from such tyrannic oppression for over two centuries, especially since 1894.
Throughout the history, our people have compromised for the benefit of peace, national unity and national interests. Alas such compromises have been interpreted as our weakness and resulted in further violations, bloodsheds and oppression. We have always relied on the law enforcing authorities to resolve the issues but sadly despite their promises to do so; they have practically acted in contrast to their promises and have exercised severe discrimination and brutality against our people. However we haven’t lost hope in our civic and humane campaign, protest, resistance and struggle.
As such thousands of Australian Hazaras protested across Australia against the bloody incursion of armed Kuchis into Hazarajat namely Behsud and Daimirdad last week. The protest was the largest organised protest of Hazaras anywhere in the Western world to date. The protests were organized by the Australian Hazara Coucil and respective associations and organizations of our people across the country. The main purpose of the protest was to show the support of the Australian Hazara community for Hazaras around the world and to demonstrate to the Australian public and government that the situation is far from secure for Hazaras in Afghanistan.
The protestors were children, men, women, young boys and girls and even our elder men and women who could hardly walk. In Adelaide over 500 protestors gathered in Victoria Square and marched through King William Road to the Parliament house of South Australia. Protestors were carrying placards with slogans such as “Hazara Rights are Human Rights”, “Stop the systematic Genocide of Hazaras”, “We are united against oppression”, “children are killed, schools are burnt = Humanity is Death”, etc…
Protestors were chanting slogans such as “Shame Shame Karzai”, “NATO and ISAF, why are you Silent”, “Discrimination: NO, Justice: Yes”.
Once everyone was in front of the parliament house, Ahmad Amani, one of the organisers of the protest, took on the stage and commended the efforts of the protestors and their overwhelming attendance and support. He then called on Hussain Rezaiat the chairperson of Afghan United Association of SA to speak to the public. Mr. Razaiat had a brief introduction about the history of oppression of our people and concluded that gone are the days when we were prosecuted in thousands and no one could voice their concern. We will not be silent and will fully sympathize with our fellow citizens in Behsud, he said.
Following his speech Besmellah Rezaee, president of ‘The Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan’ and Karawaan Organisation’s Executive member, took on the stage and asserted that peaceful protests are our civic right to voice our concern and stand for a common cause. We have and will continue to stand for justice, peace and freedom. We have reasonable cause to defend the righteous and condemn the oppressor. He then went on to read the resolution of the protestors. The demand articles of which will follow as:
While supporting the establishment of peace and stable security in Afghanistan, we the Australian Hazaras strongly sympathise with the oppressed and tormented Hazaras who have suffered at the hands of the Nomads during the aggressive invasion of Hazaristan specifically the aggression and assaults seen in Behsood, Nahoor and Daimerdad. Tens have been killed, hundreds injured, their properties destroyed and looted, thousands of people forced to leave their homes to escape the aggression and carnage. Tens of schools, clinics and mosques have all been destroyed.
1- We condemn the aggression of nomads and request the United Nations, Human Rights Organisations, peace loving communities and groups, civil societies of the relevant donor countries specially Australia to try and stop the Taliban Pashtun-nomads from violent displacement (an obvious manifestation of Crimes against Humanity) of Hazara people.
2- We request that in the face of this invasion; the international community and all relevant human rights organizations stand for and defend the peace loving and civic Hazaras who are strong arms for the peace loving societies in their efforts for the establishment of peace and democratic relations, and eradication of International Terrorism and the extremist Taliban.
3- We urge the UN agencies specifically UNEMA in Afghanistan to assist the defenceless Hazaras by formally advising the President of Afghanistan and his Ministers and the Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations of the consequences of their failure to prevent the persecution, harassment and genocide of minority groups, specifically the Hazara’s of Afghanistan.
4- The Government of Afghanistan can resolve the issue of the Nomads under the provisions of Article 14 of the Afghan constitution. A concerted effort by Mr Karzi to provide permanent settlement of the Nomads will not only safeguard the peace and security of the country and prevent war and bloodshed but also will integrate the Nomads as citizens and introduce them to the civil and cultural life of the cities. We along with all other civil societies and political groups support the immediate implementation of this article of the constitution.
5- We ask the international forces for security in Afghanistan to facilitate the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of government backed Taliban forces in the name of nomads from Hazara homes and villages.
6- We strongly ask the international community to put a stop in the systematic genocide of Hazaras and hand those who committed crimes against humanity to justice.
7- We strongly condemn the target killings of hazaras in Quetta Pakistan and believe that it is a systematic genocide plan against hazaras.
8- In the rein of Karzai govt., this is the 5th time that Hazarajat is being attacked by Kuchis resulting in 100s of killings, injuries, destruction of homes, mosques, schools and villages. The Karzai has only issued presidential decree, none of which has been implemented. We therefore urge the hazara political leaders to fundamentally question such failure and stand united against systematic oppression.
9- We finally request our government here in Australia, specifically the foreign ministry to diplomatically question Karzai and the relevant cabinet ministers about this gross violation of human rights and systematic genocide of hazaras.
10-We also question the intentional silence and inaction of ISAF and NATO forces about this violation.
The result of inaction on these matters may not only facilitate the destruction of Hazaras and their culture but also contribute to the genocide of the Hazara people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Such inaction will also ensure that Afghanistan and the people remain in a state of turmoil and ongoing bloodshed.
Lastly we will keep the option of self defence as legitimate option for our people. Should the government and international community fail to stop this gross violation of human rights, our people have every right to exercise other means of resistance and protest against the genocide.
 Ch. 1, Art. 14- The state shall design and implement within its financial resources effective programs for development of agriculture and animal husbandry, improving the economic, social and living conditions of farmers, herders, settlement and living conditions of nomads. The state adopts necessary measures for housing and distribution of public estates to deserving citizens in accordance within its financial resources and the law.