Azaranica is a non-biased news aggregator on Hazaras. The main aim is to promote understanding and respect for cultural identities by highlighting the realities they face on daily basis...Hazaras have been the victim of active persecution and discrimination and one of the reasons among many has been the lack of information, awareness, and disinformation.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Atlantic: Life as One of the Most Persecuted Ethnic Groups on the Planet

You are a Hazara, and you've been on the run for centuries. Now you're in Syria, and things aren't looking up.

MAY 21, 2013

Three girls from the Hazara ethnic group sit in a cave in Bamiyan, Afghanistan on December 15, 2001. The Taliban forced tens of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims to flee into the mountains during their rule over the country in the 1990s and early 2000s. (Peter Andrews/Reuters)

Imagine that you live in Afghanistan. Your ancestors have lived there for hundreds of years, but you are a minority. In fact, you are a minority two times over, because the religion you practice is different from the one most people practice, and the way you look is different from the way most people look.

In the 1890's, Emir Abdur Rahman comes along. He is a king who reserves special scorn for your people, and in order to control territory and to scare troublesome groups into obedience, he makes an example out of yours. Your people are easy to target -- the different-believers, the different-lookers....Continue Reading...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LA Times: An ethnically charged dispute over electricity brings protesters into Kabul's streets

Afghan protesters from the Hazara minority clash with riot police in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. They were protesting the controversial rerouting of a new power line. (Jawad Jalali / European Pressphoto Agency)
Ali M. Latifi

Residents of the Afghan capital awoke Monday to stacks of multi-colored shipping containers meant to protect the presidential palace from the latest anti-government demonstration — this time over an electricity line from Turkmenistan.

The demonstrators — mainly members of the Hazara ethnic minority — were demanding that a 500-kilovolt power transmission line from Turkmenistan be routed through the central province of Bamiyan, home to a large Hazara population.

Bamiyan suffers from chronic electricity shortages, and when it was revealed recently that the power line would instead be routed through the rugged Salang Pass — the highway connecting northern and southern Afghanistan — before reaching Kabul, many Hazaras criticized what they saw as a racially and politically motivated decision.

Police fire water cannons as protesters from the Hazara minority protest the rerouting of a power line.

Bamiyan had been part of the original route for the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power project, known as TUTAP, which officials say will unite Afghanistan’s 10 separate power grids and bring electricity to millions of homes that lack it...Continue Reading....

France 24: Can a pipeline route kill Afghan Hazara pipe dreams?

© Wakil Kohsar, AFP / An Afghan protester holds a kerosene lamp at a Kabul protest over the TUTAP electricity project on May 16, 2016.

Text by Leela JACINTO

Latest update : 2016-05-17

Anger among Afghanistan’s minority Hazara group over the rerouting of a planned power transmission line is exposing old ethnic fault lines in a very modern way.

It was not the sort of showdown the august gathering at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a venerable London-based think tank, typically appreciates.

On Thursday, May 12, as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was addressing a gathering at the 185-year-old British institution, an audience member stood up and proceeded to heckle the Afghan leader.

“You’re a liar,” said the heckler, pointing at the Afghan president as the grey-suited gathering stiffened their upper lips and stared resolutely ahead. Afghan security quickly descended on the protester, who bore the distinctive Central Asian features of a Hazara -- a historically persecuted minority now flexing their democratic muscles -- and hustled him out of the room...Continue Reading....

فعالان مدنی، راهپیمایی روز دوشنبه جنبش روشنایی را بی نظیر و تاریخی می خوانند

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Aljazeera: Inside Story - Are Afghanistan's Hazaras marginalised?

NYTimes: Huge Protest Against Afghan Government Brings Kabul to a Halt

Thousands of protesters marched in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday in the country’s largest demonstration since 2014. CreditWakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

KABUL, Afghanistan — A large demonstration against the fragile Afghan government brought Kabul to a standstill on Monday and put security forces on alert, with the authorities stacking shipping containers to block all routes to the city center and the presidential palace.

The demonstration, which was driven by ethnic Hazaras’ outrage over the proposed route for a new electricity transmission line, tapped a deep well of factional tensions and frustration over the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Though most of the protest remained peaceful, some demonstrators pelted the container blockades with rocks and acted violently toward at least five reporters. The security forces resorted to sporadic use of water cannons to disperse people.

Thousands of demonstrators marched from the west of Kabul to demand that the government abandon its decision to reroute the line, which would transmit electricity from Turkmenistan. The line was initially supposed to go through Bamian, a Hazara-dominated central province that is one of the most deprived in the country. But the current proposed route avoids the province,..... Continue Reading...

Monday, May 16, 2016

CBCN: Afghanistan's Hazara minority stages massive protest in Kabul

Hazaras account for up to 15% of Afghanistan's population of 30 million

Demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority attend a protest in Kabul on Monday. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Authorities locked down Afghanistan's capital Monday as tens of thousands of ethnic Hazaras marched through the streets calling on the government to reroute a power line through their poverty-stricken province in a massive protest that reflected public dismay with the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Amid concerns the protest could turn violent, roads leading into central Kabul's commercial district were blocked to all vehicle and foot traffic by police, who shipping containers to prevent the marchers reaching the presidential palace.

Most of the city's shops were shuttered and armed police units took up positions around the city. Authorities told protest organizers that the march would be confined to a specific route that would not take them near the presidential palace. A November demonstration that followed the beheading of a number of Hazaras by insurgents turned violent.

The backing of other ethnic groups for the protest highlighted the political crisis facing Afghanistan....Continue Reading..... 

Afghan minority Hazaras plan protest over power project

Published: May 16, 2016


KABUL: Thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras are expected to protest in Kabul on Monday over a multi-million-dollar power transmission line, in what could potentially snowball into a political crisis for the beleaguered government.

The planned protest follows a massive rally last November galvanised by the beheadings of a group of Hazaras, which became a symbol of the broader public discontent with President Ashraf Ghani’s regime.

The TUTAP power line, which would connect the energy-rich Central Asian nations of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan, is regarded a crucial project in the electricity-starved region.

But it has been mired in controversy, with leaders from the minority group demanding that the line be routed through central Bamiyan province, which has a large Hazara population.

The line was originally set to pass through Bamiyan but the government decided to reroute it...Continue Reading...

Reuters: Kabul locked down as Afghan authorities face power line protest


Demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority attend a protest in Kabul May 16, 2016.

Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority marched through Kabul on Monday to protest against the planned route of a multi-million dollar power transmission line, posing a major challenge to the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Some protesters threw stones and tried to climb over shipping containers stacked up to block the streets into Kabul's government and diplomatic areas but no significant violence was reported by mid-morning.

The demonstrators are demanding that the planned route for the 500 kV transmission line linking Turkmenistan with Kabul be changed to pass through two provinces with large Hazara populations, an option the government says would cost millions and delay the badly needed project by years.... Continue Reading... 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Geo : Afghan President Ghani’s bodyguards beat peaceful activists

LONDON: Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s bodyguards beat up an Afghan political activist here who raised questions about corruption and lawlessness in Afghanistan.
Ashraf Ghani was speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) here when five Afghan protesters started asking questions about cronyism of the Afghan government administration figures and failure of the Afghan leadership to unite to find a solution of the problems common Afghans face.
According to Afghan sources, the protesters wanted to highlight issues of corruption and government’s failure to tackle corruption and rule of warlords. The source said that the protesters were led by Jaffar Aatai, Zafar Aatai and Ahad Bahadari.
Eyewitnesses told Geo News that the bodyguards of President Ghani attacked political activists despite the fact that they were raising questions in a peaceful manner. Witnesses said that the activists were punched, kicked and pushed violently from outside the venue.... Continue Reading...

Independent: Heckling of Afghan president at Anti-Corruption Summit gives glimpse of country's divisions

Ashraf Ghani was four minutes into his speech when a young Afghan in the audience stood up and started shouting :“You are a liar! You have lied to the Afghan people and now you are lying to the world! I worked for you, I know all about you!"
The august Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Whitehall had not seen anything like this before. Stunned silence was followed by gasps as Afghan security men dragged the heckler, yelling "You are a disgrace”, at the Afghan President out of the auditorium. A shaken Mr Ghani restarted the address he had come to deliver after attending the international anti-corruption summit in London on Thursday.
The summit had started amid great embarrassment after David Cameron was caught on video telling the Queen leaders of “fantastically corrupt" countries, Afghanistan and Nigeria, were coming... Continue Reading....