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UNAMA reports increased violence against Shia, Hazara communities in Afghanistan – Times of India

KABUL: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the country has witnessed an increase in violence against the Shia and Hazara communities in the past month in the provinces of Kabul, Balkh, and Herat, Khaama Press reported.
The Khaama Press is an online news service for Afghanistan.
UNAMA called for support for individuals at risk.
This comes in response to the recent attack on Shia Muslims in the Herat province, which has prompted strong reactions.
Four days ago, six individuals, including four men and two women, were killed as a result of gunfire by unidentified armed individuals in Herat.
As per reports, this incident occurred in the Hazara-populated area of “Jibril” in the city of Herat, where all the victims were riding in a rickshaw. Before this, on November 23, two Shia clerics were killed in an armed attack in Herat.
In the past month, dozens of people, including women have been killed and injured in separate attacks on a bus and a sports hall in the Hazara-populated area of “Dasht-e Barchi” in Kabul.
Following the recent attack in Herat, hundreds of people, including women in the province have protested during the funeral processions of the victims.
The Human Rights Defenders Assembly and Richard Bennett, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan for the United Nations Human Rights Council, have also condemned the attacks on Shia Muslims in Afghanistan, according to Khaama Press.
The Human Rights Defenders Assembly has criticized the lack of restraint in the face of these attacks on Hazaras and Shia Muslims in Afghanistan, who have been subjected to collective and individual assassinations, bombings, and targeted attacks. So far, no individual or group has claimed responsibility for these attacks.



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