The Center for Hazara Nation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization comprised of caring individuals who would like to end the genocide and human rights violations towards the Hazara people. To ensure our independence and maintaining high standards, we do not accept funds, directly or indirectly, from any governments or any private funders that would compromise our mission and independence. Similarly, we do not embrace or promote any religious views and maintain neutrality in the current armed conflict in Afghanistan. We do, however, work with local and international civil societies to maximize our impact.
Our mission is to address the interests and needs of the Hazara communities throughout the world by:
- Collaborating with all peoples to promote peace, liberty, and justice
- Organizing and promoting informed discussion on the plight of Hazaras in Afghanistan and abroad
- Strengthening unity among Hazara communities scattered throughout the world
- Acting in coordination with and on behalf of Hazara communities before local and international authorities on matters concerning the Hazara people
- Promote and preserve the cultural and social heritage of the Hazara People
The Center for Hazara Nation is a world network of outstanding individuals aimed at fostering research, discussion, advocacy, and collaboration among Hazaras and the world community at large to address important global issues such as the political upheaval and sectarian conflict in Afghanistan. To achieve this end, we build coalitions for change and promote informed discussion on sustainable, coherent and stable Central Asia. We also report on violations of international human rights in the region in an effort to draw attention to abuses and pressure the local governments towards reform.
How We Got Started
Several years ago, a young woman was brutally stabbed in her own neighborhood during three separate attacks while thirty-eight law-abiding citizens watched or listened. During the thirty-five minute struggle, she was beaten, stabbed, and left to die. Not one person of the 38 people called the police, not one confronted the assailant, or came to her aid. Finally, a seventy-year-old woman called the police but it was too late. By the time the police arrived, she was dead. When the neighbors were asked why no one did anything, the answer was “I don’t know” or “we were afraid.” Indeed, if we were to survey many people, I am willing to bet that the most common answer will be that it was not their business to interfere or the responsibility is deferred to another person.
Recently, a good friend and relative in Ghazni opened my eyes and moved me to action. He related to me the atrocity endured by the Hazara people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I do admit that I was not completely blind to these facts and did make up my mind to help long before our conversation; however, his email made me realize when is the right time to act? When it is too late as in the case of the unfortunate women above?
For those of us in affluent countries, such as the US and Europe, the ease and comfort of everyday life remove us from the harsh condition we endured before coming here. After a short period of time, we forget the former life and spend our time in pursuit of the accumulation of wealth to be spent on luxurious clothes, automobiles, and the like – amenities enjoyed on even a moderate income. And why not? After all, we endured the hardship to make it here and spend years building that wealth? Should we not enjoy the last few remaining years living comfortably? The question is, are we obligated to help those left behind?
War is an unfortunate human activity that hurt civilians more than professional soldiers. The annihilation of a specific group of people because of their ethnicity or their religious belief is, however, beyond justifiable and universally recognized as unethical conduct. The Hazara people have endured enough of it and we – the educated, the affluent, the ones living in security – are obligated to unite and offer a lending hand. This website was created just for that. So, let us congregate and form a network, discuss what are the major problems and solutions, and then get to work. Let Hazara people suffer no more!
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