In the name of God, the giver of justice and liberty
Press Release from the Civil Society Joint Working Group in connection with the explosion at Abdul Rahim Shahid School and Mumtaz Educational Center in Dasht-e Barchi, Kabul
20 April 2022
Attacking educational centres and specifically targeting the Hazaras – as an ethno-religious- constitutes genocide and a crime against humanity!
Sadly these days, there is no news from Afghanistan other than the news of the killing of innocent people. This time, in western Kabul, we are witnessing one of the most horrific accounts of the slaughter of innocent children. The Civil Society Joint Working Group firmly condemns all forms of civilian suffering; expresses its deepest sorrow and anguish and shares the pains of the victims in this tremendous national tragedy.
Such barbaric attacks have repeatedly targeted western Kabul. Both girls’ and boys’ schools have been attacked on numerous occasions. From Kowsar Education Center to Seyyed al-Shuhada School and from Mawud Education Center to Maternity Hospital, the terrorist groups have relentlessly targeted these facilities, killing innocent children and women.
The Afghan Civil Society Joint Working Group condemns this terrorist attack and urges the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Afghanistan to thoroughly investigate, document and report to the United Nations, particularly the Security Council. It also demands that the UN Security Council convene a special session to discuss this heinous crime and make appropriate decisions to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
The Civil Society Joint Working Group continues to urge the United Nations to declare this crime a genocide and to hold the terrorist groups responsible accountable. While sympathizing with the victims’ families and condemning this heinous act, the Civil Society Joint Working Group calls on all international organizations and the international community, including the United Nations, not to remain silent in the face of this crime and to exert pressure on terrorist groups in order to prevent similar atrocities from occurring in the future.
In the hope of peace and freedom
The Civil Society Joint Working Group