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Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan exposed to genocide: Mohammad Ali Juya

Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan exposed to genocide: Mohammad Ali Juya

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


Referring to the “crime against humanity”, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Ali Juya, a faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University stated at the beginning of the meeting, “The crime against humanity is an international crime. At first, its concept was vague. But then, international talks made it identifiable and provable.”


“The first document on crimes against humanity is the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal. The tribunal was set up by victorious governments in World War II to try Nazi war criminals. The Nuremberg Charter stated that international premeditated murder, and the extermination of a civilian population, is a crime against humanity,” he continued.


“123 countries are member states of the International Criminal Court. The task of this court is to investigate crimes against humanity. Under the International Criminal Court, it can try crimes such as massacre, genocide, and expulsion of nations. That is, crimes committed in the context of a large-scale and organized attack on a civilian population. The condition for examining such crimes in the International Criminal Court is that they be widespread, organized, and against civilians,” added the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.


“Since 2001, we have witnessed widespread and organized attacks against Hazara Shiites. The attacks targeted mosques and Hazara educational centers. Afghanistan’s Hazara Shiite population is at risk of genocide,” said Juya, referring to the attacks on Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan


“In the international arena, two actions can be taken for protecting Hazara Shiites against crimes. The first is to ask the International Court of Justice to investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice, which is one of the inherent duties of this court. Another step is to call on the international community to protect the Hazara Shiite population in accordance with international standards. This has already been done for the Kurds, Yazidis, and Muslims of Bosnia, and they have been protected by the international community,” he continued.


“We are faced with ambiguity in dealing with the perpetrators of crimes against the Hazara Shiites, and the perpetrators of these attacks are not clear. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, and although Daesh is present in Afghanistan, it does not have a specific address. The solution to this problem is to set up a commission of experts, which was set up in courts such as the Nuremberg Trials, in which defendants were arrested and interrogated,” added the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.


“The enforcement of rulings by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is low, and the punishment imposed by the tribunal has little deterrence. We must introduce the genocide of the Hazara Shiites of Afghanistan to the world as an international catastrophe so that the international conscience realizes this genocide and intervenes to solve it,” Juya said, referring to the Hague tribunal.


“There are many and at the same time contradictory international documents in this case. Genocide is a set of actions taken to destroy all or part of a racial, ethnic, or religious group. Hazara Shiites have been subjected to genocide in Afghanistan since the time of Abdul Rahman, and since then, a series of actions have been taken against Hazara Shiites, the latest example being the attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul. These measures are aimed at marginalizing and gradually destroying an ethnic group,” he noted, considering the genocide as one of the internationally recognized crimes.

Afghan Shiites, more exposed to terrorist attacks than others: Muhammad Awaz Etemadi

Afghan Shiites, more exposed to terrorist attacks than others: Muhammad Awaz Etemadi

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


Dr. Mohammad Awaz Etemadi, the scientific secretary of the meeting, said at the beginning of the meeting, “The political tradition in Afghanistan is based on fear, monopoly, and racial, ethnic, linguistic, and gender discriminations. After years of war, and after the fall of the Taliban, and the establishment of a new system of government with democracy, the people of Afghanistan expected an end to these attitudes and witness social justice, peace, and security to prevail in the country, and experience a quiet life.”


“As time goes on, we witness new crises in Afghanistan, such as bombings and assassinations. More and more innocent people are being killed in this country every day. Afghanistan’s Shiites, especially the country’s Hazaras, are more vulnerable to terrorist attacks,” Etemadi, a Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminology continued.


“The Hazara genocide project began with the massacre of the Hazaras during the reign of Abdul Rahman, and the killing of Hazaras, especially women and children, continues. In recent years, we have witnessed a barrage of innocent Hazara people and terrorist attacks against their educational and religious centers. In the latest incident, the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school in Kabul was attacked, killing and injuring a large number of innocent children,” he added.


“We need to make it clear that genocide is being perpetrated against an ethnic group, and that there are solutions to save that ethnic group. Scholars, researchers, and lawyers have a responsibility in this regard,” Etemadi said, referring to the need to provide information about the genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan.


“Terrorist groups exploit women in their actions and enslave women after occupying a region,” he said.

The martyrdom of Afghan Shiite girls wounded the hearts of the Islamic Ummah: Ahmadi Tabar

The martyrdom of Afghan Shiite girls wounded the hearts of the Islamic Ummah: Ahmadi Tabar

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


At the beginning of the meeting, the Deputy of Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Ahmad Ahmadi Tabar, expressed his condolences on the martyrdom of Afghan Shiite schoolgirls, and said, “The tragic martyrdom of these martyrs wounded the hearts of the Islamic Ummah. A group of students in western Kabul was attacked by terrorists, and the Muslim Ummah mourned.”


“The Afghan authorities must establish peace and security throughout the country,” he continued.


“After the defeat in Afghanistan, Soviet troops withdrew from the country. Then, clashes broke out between various Afghan groups until the Taliban emerged. Shortly, the group was able to take control of many areas in Afghanistan. After a while, it became clear to the people of Afghanistan, both Shiites, and Sunnis, that not all members of the Taliban were pro-Islamic and did not pursue Islamic goals,” Ahmadi Tabar said, referring to the contemporary history of Afghanistan.


“When we look at the history of the Taliban, we come to Deobandi schools. During the British colonization of the subcontinent, they concluded that to succeed, they had to set up barracks in seminaries. In seminaries, students were introduced to military principles in addition to the curriculum so that the colonialists could later use them as infantry. In the recent past, we have witnessed peaceful coexistence between sects in the region. But over the past decades, groups such as the Sipah-e-Sahaba have emerged. The Taliban were established in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Soviet troops,” he added.


“The enemies concluded that the United States could no longer be present in the region (West Asia), and had to leave Afghanistan. So, they are using the Takfiris to destabilize Afghanistan so that the people of the country will be forced to ask foreign forces to stay in Afghanistan. Although foreign forces ostensibly came to Afghanistan to provide security, their goal was to plunder the country. Afghanistan is one of the richest countries in the world and there are many resources and mines in this country,” continued the Deputy of Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Referring to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Ahmadi-Tabar said, “Before this withdrawal, the terrorists carry out large-scale terrorist operations. Anyone with a bit of compassion cries for hours for this crime, but the West and the Western media, which claim to defend human rights, are indifferent to the crimes of terrorists in Afghanistan.”


“The events in Palestine overshadowed the martyrdom of Afghan girls. This scientific meeting about the martyrdom of these girls is held to examine the legal aspects of the attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school. The Afghan brothers must be active all over the world, including the United States and Europe, and make public demands of international institutions to respond to this crime. Afghan schoolgirls were martyred as children and their martyrdom left a scar on the hearts of the Islamic Ummah in Afghanistan. The various dimensions of this issue should be examined and the media should be used in this regard. To reflect the oppression of these martyrs in the world, we must make maximum use of cyberspace. The people of Afghanistan are under attack due to their beliefs,” he continued.


“Afghanistan’s Shiite community has been oppressed, and many of the country’s Sunnis may agree with the Shiites. The different ethnicities and religions in Afghanistan must empathize with each other to witness a prosperous and free Afghanistan in which everyone can coexist peacefully, and a people’s government based on all ideas and thoughts in Afghanistan is in power,” added the Deputy of Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“Vaccine Apartheid” in world/IRI can supply Covid-19 vaccine for Mid-East

“Vaccine Apartheid” in world/IRI can supply Covid-19 vaccine for Mid-East

Monday, 17 May 2021

The outbreak of Covid-19 in the world has affected many citizens of different countries and killed many people. So far, more than 164 million people worldwide have been infected with this evil virus, and nearly 5.3 million people have died from it.


The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the countries that suffered a lot during the pandemic. Especially because of the oppressive sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe against its government and people.


But the efforts of young Iranian scientists and the jihadist spirit of the resilient people of Iran not only led them to cross the hard corona waves, but the country will soon become one of the hubs for the production of Covid-19 vaccines.


However, referring to the poor distribution of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine, the director-general of the World Health Organization said that the world has entered the state of “Vaccine Apartheid”.


The organization’s secretary-general, Tedros Adhanom, has called on the makers of the Covid-19 vaccine to allocate doses of ready-to-inject vaccines to the Covax program ahead of schedule. He also called the leaders of rich countries that instead of vaccinating children (of their countries), give vaccines to poor countries.


IRI can supply Covid-19 vaccine for Mid-East

Regarding the latest status of the Covid-19 vaccine produced in Iran, Dr. Minoo Mohraz said, “From, May 16, 2021, the third phase of the pilot injection will begin in 20,000 people, and the results of these injections will be sent to the decision-making authorities.”


Currently in the city of Tehran, and from May 22, in the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, and Bushehr, the Iranian vaccine will be injected into volunteers of different ages, and after receiving positive results, it will be injected into all citizens.


In response to the question, “If the Iranian vaccine reaches mass production, can we supply neighboring countries?”, the member of Iran’s National Anti-Covid-19 campaign answered, “After obtaining a license from international monitoring centers, we can export to any country that wants Iranian-made vaccines. Iran even has the potential to supply vaccines to Middle Eastern countries.”


The Iranian vaccine creates the necessary resistance against Covid, UK variant. We need to do other tests to find out if Iranian vaccines make resistance against other mutated variants of Covid - such as Indian or African.


A collection of Iranian-made Covid-19 vaccines will be introduced in October

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the headquarters of biotechnology development of science and technology deputy of the president, said, “A collection of domestically produced Covid-19 vaccines, which have the potential to be offered internationally, will be introduced in the country this October.”


“Iran has no problem in the field of medicine production, and with the support of the “Innovation and Prosperity Fund” for the production of domestic vaccines, we will have a good basket of vaccines in October this year,” Dr. Mostafa Ghanei added.


“In the field of biotechnology, in the last four years, we have identified the potential of universities to develop technologies related to this field. In this regard, the agreement of the presidents of 60 universities affiliated to the Ministry of Science was obtained, and they announced the capabilities of higher education centers in the field of biotechnology,” said the Secretary of the headquarters of biotechnology development of science and technology deputy of the president, pointing out the accelerators in attracting technology cores.


“Currently, 500 Knowledge Enterprise have been set up in Iran that needs to connect to universities to be supported. We are therefore working with the “Innovation and Prosperity Fund” to guide these accelerators. In such a way that we provide financial support to the company that is requesting the purchase of technology, in order to connect the cores of technology with the buyer,” he noted, explaining the role of accelerators in technology development.

In a statement, ABWA denounced the crimes of terrorist groups at Kabul’s Sayed Al-Shuhada school

In a statement, ABWA denounced the crimes of terrorist groups at Kabul’s Sayed Al-Shuhada school

In a statement, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly condemned the terrorist blast on Kabul’s Sayed Al-Shuhada school, which killed 85 people and injured 147 others.


“This horrific terrorist crime, which led to the martyrdom and injury of dozens of fasting and innocent girls during the holy month of Ramadan, is a desperate attempt to make Afghanistan insecure, as well as an example of the fanaticism, stupidity, and barbarism of the Takfiri ideology,” a part of this statement reads.


The statement of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


“Whoever kills a soul, without [its being guilty of] manslaughter or corruption on the earth, is as though he had killed all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)


The hands of Takfiri terrorists and the enemies of the security of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan were once again stained with the blood of the oppressed and defenseless students of Sayed Al-Shuhada school in the Barchi plain of Kabul.


This painful and terrorist crime, which led to the martyrdom and injury of dozens of fasting and innocent girls during the holy month of Ramadan, is a desperate attempt to make Afghanistan insecure, as well as an example of fanaticism, stupidity, and barbarism of the Takfiri ideology.


Today, more than ever, it is incumbent upon all Muslims to offer and propagate a rational, moral, and anti-oppression interpretation of pure Islam, and to stand against prejudice and violence. All free people in the world, especially Shiite and Sunni scholars and figures, are expected to take a serious stance on such incidents, and express their disgust and hatred against the crimes of terrorist groups, against the followers of all Islamic religions.


The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly strongly condemns this great crime against humanity, and while offering condolences to the honorable families of the martyrs, and the friendly nation and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the assembly prays for divine mercy and forgiveness for the martyrs of the incident, asks God for immediate healing for the wounded, and patience and reward for their families.


The Assembly also urges the esteemed officials of the Government of Afghanistan to deal with the perpetrators of this tragic incident firmly, so that we do not witness such incidents again.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

May 10, 2021

Virtual course for Shiite women on “Islamic education of children” to be held in Urdu

Virtual course for Shiite women on “Islamic education of children” to be held in Urdu

Monday, 26 April 2021

Organized by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the International Virtual Course for Shiite Women on “Islamic Education of Children” will be held in Urdu.


In line with the plan to hold training courses for Shiite women in different countries, and the need to raise the issue of family and Islamic lifestyle in Shiite communities, and relying on the educational teachings of children in the life of Imams (a.s.) in forming a healthy society and strong family, and the education of a resilient and committed generation, the preparations for holding the first virtual course of “Islamic education of children” were provided by the General Directorate of Social Affairs of the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.



The course has been designed and planned by taking advantage of the holy month of Ramadan in these chapters: Components of child upbringing based on the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school, rationality, tolerance, self-confidence, curiosity, hard work, collective work and cooperation, hope for the future, giving in to work, the habit of reading, innovative and kind. The course will be held in 12 one-hour sessions by Dr. Masoumeh Jafari, Ph.D. in Women Studies from the University of Religions and Denominations.


Currently, more than 400 Urdu speakers in the US, Canada, the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Iraq, China, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, the UAE, and the Congo are actively participating in this course.

 

ABWA’s statement in response to strange sentence of Azerbaijan Attorney General

ABWA’s statement in response to strange sentence of Azerbaijan Attorney General

In response to the strange sentence of the Republic of Azerbaijan Attorney General, AhlulBayt World Assembly issued a statement.


The statement is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


The request for 18 years of imprisonment for Mr. Haj Ilham Aliyev, the leader of the Islamic Party of the Republic of Azerbaijan, by the country’s Attorney General, saddened the Muslims of the world - especially the Shiites and the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


The request for a long prison sentence for this prominent cleric, who has always strived to promote Islam and has a special personality among the people of Azerbaijan in terms of piety and morality, is not acceptable at all and is against human rights laws.


In line with its inherent duty, which is to protect the rights of the world’s Shiites, reminding the religious capacity of the Muslim people and followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school of Azerbaijan in the exaltation and development of civilization and the Husseini-like efforts of Ulama (Islamic scholars) and Shiites of the country on the battlefields of the recent war in Karabakh, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly expect the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan – with a large population of Shiites – while tactfully stand against the divisive evil plots of the enemies of Islam, to pave the way for pardon and release of Haj Ilham Aliyev and all prisoner Islamists.


It is hoped that international and human rights organizations, the European Union, and especially Islamic countries, will be more sensitive to such issues and will take timely action to protect the rights of Muslims.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

April 14, 2021

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