Rally in front of the White House
Centuries of racism and discrimination combined with systematic attacks on the basis of race and religion against the Hazaras in Afghanistan, particularly the recent devastating attack on Kaaj Academy, culminated to a worldwide movement - StopHazaraGenocide.
Hazara diasporic communities around the world held rallies and protested against the systematic attacks on their community in Afghanistan. The rallies were held in more than 120 cities around the world, including in front of the White House in Washington DC, in front of United Nations Headquarter in New York City, in Atlanta, Sand Diego, San Francisco and Chicago; rallies in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide in Australia; rallies in London (UK), Lille, Leon and Paris (France), Berlin, Munich, Wurzburg, Stuttgart and Hamburg (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Helsinki (Finland), Dublin (Ireland), Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Brussel (Belgium), Rome (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa & Toronto (Canada), Seoul (South Korea) and in Portugal, Kenya, Turkey, Japan, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia.
On Twitter, the #StopHazaraGenocide has surpassed 11 million tweets despite efforts to derail the campaign by Taliban supporters by introducing misspelled hashtags. The #StopHazaraGenocide is the largest trending hashtag from Afghanistan to date. The Taliban government, taking a cue from the past Kabul regimes, introduced a counter hashtag, #UnitedAfghanistan, that has generated support among their supporters and sympathizers. In the past, Kabul regimes effectively managed and silenced the Hazara quest for social justice by accusing them of being against “the Afghan national unity”, mobilized the government apparatus and rallied other ethnic groups against the Hazaras. Several influential personalities, namely two Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Malala Yousafzai and Nadia Murad, Turkish-British author Elif Safak, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, and parliamentarians and government officials from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia have spoken in support of the campaign and raised concerns about the ongoing genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan.
Rallies in the United States:
The Hazara-American community and the recent Hazara evacuees helped organized rallies across multiple cities in the United States. The rally in Washington DC, held on October 8, started at McPherson Square. The protestors marched to Lafayette Park and demanded recognition of the ongoing Hazara genocide in Afghanistan in front of the White House. The community held rallies in multiple US cities including in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York City and in Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco and Chicago to raise awareness about the dire situation of Hazaras in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Renown genocide scholar and founder of Genocide Watch, Dr. Gregory Stanton, was present in the DC rally and read the protest resolution. In a rare showing of solidarity, like-minded Afghans of Pashtun, Tajik and Uzbek backgrounds joined their Hazara compatriots in the rallies. Famed Afghan singer, composer and producer Farad Darya was also in attendance in the DC protest to support the plight of the Hazaras. To learn more, please visit our website using the provided links.
The Bamyan Foundation team helped organize and support the rally in Washington DC and New York City, and provided funds in the amount of $800 to create banners, signs and posters to raise awareness about the ongoing Hazara genocide in Afghanistan.
The Hazaras are going through one of the most difficult times in Afghan history. We need your support to help this campaign and to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide of Hazaras and targetted killings of other ethnic groups in Afghanistan.
Timor Karimy + The Bamyan Foundation Team
Rally in front of U.N. Headquarters in NYC
The rally concluded at the National Mall
Demanding recognition of Hazara genocide
Hazara-American women led the rally