The Shia and Hazara communities in Afghanistan are regularly subjected to targeted killings, violence, and persecution based on their identity as a religious or ethnic minority. In the past 20 years, Hazaras have faced kidnappings, indiscriminate attacks on their schools and hospitals, and targeted bombings of Shia religous and cultural centers by both the Taliban and ISIS. Hazaras faced a genocide under the first Taliban regime from 1995 to 2001; and now with the Taliban back in power, these atrocities will continue to worsen.
This event intends to raise much needed awareness of the plight of the Hazara and Shia communities and to discuss solutions and efforts that allies in the international community should take to protect these vulnerable communities from further persecution under the Taliban.
Afghan Diaspora for Equality and Progress (ADEP)
Afghans For A Better Tomorrow
American Muslim Bar Association (AMBA)
Shia Racial Justice Coalition
Justice For Muslims Collective