The Enlightenment Movement Rally Resolution Statement
February 17, 2018, Munich, Germany
We are gathered here today from different European countries, Americas and the Oceania to rally for the Enlightenment Movement of Afghanistan and convey the message of millions of Afghanistan people whose rights for peaceful protests have been denied under Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah’s joint Administration and by the threats of extremist terrorists freed from the Afghan jails.
Now, after almost two decades from the International Community Military Intervention in
Afghanistan, people are plagued with intense systematic ethnic cleansing, widespread corruption and insecurity which have made the country a huge prison for its citizens. The people of Afghanistan see most of these problems as a result of the wrong policies and crude actions taken by the National Unity Government (NUG). Over the past three years, the people of Afghanistan have repeatedly brought their demands in peaceful civilized ways to the attention of the NUG for the purpose of reforms for a better future but unfortunately, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah and their senior security officials such as (Hanif Atmar and Masoom Stanekzai) have consistently suppressed these peaceful protests through dictatorial methods (such as the killing of
86 protesters of the Enlightenment Movement in 23 of July 2016 through a conspiracy suicide attack In Kabul, as well as the shooting on protesters of the Uprising for Change Movement by the Afghan police. Therefore, in such a situation, the only peaceful way that remains for the people is to seek help from the International community, because Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah are on power with your political and economic support.
We, the protesters, convey the most important demands of the people of Afghanistan to the International community, as below;
1. Since the fall of the Taliban Regime, The International Community has used its aids and assistances in accordance with the interests of only a few individuals and groups, resulting in failure to achieve a concrete and tangible goal in both security and balanced economic and social development. We call on the International Community to support all the people of Afghanistan without discrimination and fulfil their legitimate demands instead of focusing their political and economic support on specific individuals and groups who are accused of corruption and terrorism.
2. The systematic ethnic discrimination that has reached to its climax under the rule of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah is one of the major obstacles to sustainable development in Afghanistan, and is one of the main causes of increasing poverty and dissatisfaction of the people. The diversion of TUTAP or the 500 kV power transmission line project, which is in contradiction with the country's development plans and in contrary to the Afghan government's commitment to build infrastructure in Afghanistan's Resource Corridor, has faced widespread protests over the last two years, which caused the formation of a movement known as Enlightenment Movement that stood against one of the largest systematic ethnic discrimination in Afghanistan. This discriminatory decision which is made by the Afghan government is being funded by ADB (Asian Development Bank). We protesters call on the International Community to prevent the implementation of the TUTAP project by the Government of Afghanistan and the Asian Development Bank in order to prevent wasting of the International aid to Afghanistan and respect equality and fairness, that is requested by millions of protesters in Afghanistan that demand the implementation of the original Power Sector Master Plan that is for the well of the country.
3. Systematic ethnic cleansing is another kind of terrorism in Afghanistan that is applied by the Afghan government. This phenomenon has a historical background in this country such as the historical genocide of the Hazaras in the 19th century (1880-1892) in which according to the Minority Rights Group report, almost 62% of the Hazara population was massacred, and the rest of them were forced into slavery and displacement in different countries. Thereafter the Hazaras were massacred by the Taliban and their affiliated groups in different provinces of Afghanistan and this cruelty against the Hazaras still continues on despite presence of the International Community in Afghanistan.
Therefore, we demand the MSC to focus on this vital issue in Afghanistan, in order to bring peace and stability and overcome the different forms of terrorism in this country, if there is a real well for it.
4. The widespread corruption in the NUG is one of the main obstacles to establishing a responsible government and a major factor in the waste of International aid and the peculation of the national capital of the Afghanistan people. The monopoly of political power, lack of transparency, and lack of adequate International oversight have fuelled corruption in Afghanistan. Funds derived from corruption are used in and has a strong impact on fraudulent elections, increased ethnic discrimination and the strengthening of terrorist groups. Unfortunately, in the government of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the fight against corruption is symbolic, selective, and political, which itself is a more dangerous form of corruption. We urge the International Community to take practical actions to curb the widespread corruption in Afghanistan. The International Community should ease supporting the equitable distribution of political power, formation and strengthening of oversight bodies, and supporting the transparency and greater role of civil society. Most importantly, we want the International Community's assistance not to be managed by the NUG, but from trusted non-governmental channels.