Appeal from Nepal to global leaders: “Ensure the safety of Afghan citizens”

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Kathmandu: A group of civil society members has appealed to leaders and citizens around the world to speak out and find ways to ensure the safety of those in desperate need in Afghanistan.

In a statement, they said that they have been traumatized by the chaotic political situation in Afghanistan.

Since the radical Islamic force of the Taliban took over Kabul the life and safety of journalists, educators, women, children, human rights workers and individuals who have dedicated the past two decades to propagate liberal values in Afghanistan have been on the line, they said in the statement.

“In this extremely difficult time for the Afghan people, global leaders and citizens around the world have the responsibility to speak out and find ways to ensure the safety of those in desperate need. The traumatic images of ordinary Afghani people, especially women and children, circulating around the world speak of our collective failure,” reads the statement.

As the Chair of the SAARC, they have appealed to the government of Nepal to initiate an emergency regional consultation to address the humanitarian and security issues of Afghan citizens and prospective refugees.

If necessary, Nepal must be prepared to give asylum to those fleeing Afghanistan irrespective of their religion and gender. Other countries must also urgently explore ways to help the people of Afghanistan in whatever way they can, they said.

Full text of the statement:

We, the citizens of Nepal, have been traumatized by the chaotic political situation in Afghanistan. Since the radical Islamic force of the Taliban took over Kabul the life and safety of journalists, educators, women, children, human rights workers and individuals who have dedicated the past two decades to propagate liberal values in Afghanistan have been on the line.

In this extremely difficult time for the Afghan people, global leaders and citizens around the world have the responsibility to speak out and find ways to ensure the safety of those in desperate need. The traumatic images of ordinary Afghani people, especially women and children, circulating around the world speak of our collective failure.

Progressive and liberal Afghanis need our moral, economic, political and security support. The world cannot ignore the pleas of help from the women, children and young people of Afghanistan. They have absolutely no hand in terrorism of any kind. 

As the Chair of the SAARC, we appeal to the government of Nepal to initiate an emergency regional consultation to address the humanitarian and security issues of Afghan citizens and prospective refugees. If necessary, Nepal must be prepared to give asylum to those fleeing Afghanistan irrespective of their religion and gender. Other countries must also urgently explore ways to help the people of Afghanistan in whatever way they can.

Therefore, we urge all regional allies and the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

On behalf of the Nepali Citizens:

Jagannath Lamichhane                           Sooraj Ray

Prem Sapkota                                          Shusma Baraili                                        

 Shivanath Yadav                                      Dawa Lhomu Sherpa

Deepjyoti Shrestha                                   Anne

Dr. Bishal Dhakal                                     Saugat Wagle

Pradip Pariyar                                          Keshab Bohara

Aanand Mishra                                         Srishti Adhikari

Dr Jiwan Kshetri                                       Nabin Silwal

Basanti Chaudhari                                    Ganesh Budhathoki

Suman Adhikari                                        Kailash Neupane

Prabin KC                                                 Basanti Chaudhari

Romas Khatiwada                                    Aanand Mishra

Biswas Baral                                             Janaki Ghimire Aryal

Bhola Paswan                                          Rukmani Maharjan

Thusar Neupane                                      Shila Timsina

Bhuwan KC                                              Shehnaz Banu

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