Calling on the Australian Government and Parliamentarians to take immediate action in response to the escalating violence against Hazara Shia Muslims in Afghanistan

Calling on the Australian Government and Parliamentarians to take immediate action in response to the escalating violence against Hazara Shia Muslims in Afghanistan

It has been over two months since the Taliban forcibly took over Afghanistan. 

Since then the Hazara Shia Muslim community has experienced an escalation in sectarian voilence targeting them, displacement, and death. 

On 15 October 2021, more than 30 people were killed and 70 injured after another horrific attack on a Shia Mosque during Friday prayers in Kandahar Afghanistan.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) have claimed responsibility for a similar attack just a week ago killing 100 worshippers in Shia mosque in Kunduz Afghanistan.

This latest attack marks ...

It has been over two months since the Taliban forcibly took over Afghanistan. 

Since then the Hazara Shia Muslim community has experienced an escalation in sectarian voilence targeting them, displacement, and death. 

On 15 October 2021, more than 30 people were killed and 70 injured after another horrific attack on a Shia Mosque during Friday prayers in Kandahar Afghanistan.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) have claimed responsibility for a similar attack just a week ago killing 100 worshippers in Shia mosque in Kunduz Afghanistan.

This latest attack marks a worrying and dramatic escalation of violence against Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic group and Shia minority who have long been targets of sectarian violence, systemic discrimination, and persecution in Afghanistan.

Despite the acute dangers faced by at risk groups like the Hazara people, the Australian Government has not provided any additional humanitarian places outside of it’s prior intake for people from Afghanistan, including women, girls and those most vulnerable.

Today Action for Afghanistan is joining the Hazara diaspora in Australia and across the world in calling on the international community, and the Australian Government to respond to the escalating violence against the Hazara and Shia Muslim population in Afghanistan by: 

 

  1. Ensuring that the Australian government urgently commits to an additional humanitarian intake of at least 20,000 places prioritising the most vulnerable persecuted people. Similar to Canada’s announcement accepting 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan, and similar to Australia’s response to the Syrian conflict in 2015 in accepting 12,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees.
  2. Granting pathways to permanent protection to refugees from Afghanistan living in Australia, held in immigration detention and people from Afghanistan who currently reside in Australia and fear returning to a Taliban ruled Afghanistan. This includes refugees held in detention offshore and onshore.
  3. Prioritising the family reunification visas of people from Afghanistan in Australia, including those who are prevented from reuniting with their families due to an unconscionable ministerial directive that requires the Department of Home Affairs to deprioritise family reunion of hundreds of people from Afghanistan in Australia.
  4. Lifting the ban on resettlement of refugees to Australia through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia, a ban which has been in place since 2014. This ban continues to limit resettlement options for 10,000 refugees from Afghanistan awaiting safety and protection.

 

Organiser

This campaign is run by the Afghanistan-Australia Advocacy Network
Website: https://www.actionforafghanistan.com.au/

 

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