Treasure Island

Nyein Way

(19.1.1962 / Yangon)

AN AWAKING GLOBAL POETICS-AN OPEN LETTER FROM POETS AROUND THE WORLD


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An open letter from the World-wide Poets addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Dear Sirs,

After more than a century of systematic crimes such as genocide, slavery, sexual abuse, war crimes, and discrimination, being a Hazara still appears to be a crime in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Just on Thursday 11, January 2013, over one-hundred Hazara were killed in a terrorist attack in the city of Quetta, Pakistan. In recent years, more than a thousand Hazaras have been killed in similar organized attacks in that same country.

Today, in their homeland, Afghanistan, they are still not safe. Every year, they face attacks by Afghan Kuchis who are backed by the Taliban and the Afghan government. Their roads are blocked by Taliban gunmen with cars stopped and passengers killed. In the center of Afghanistan, where a huge population of Hazaras are marginalized, they do not have access to basic legal rights. They still face systematic discrimination and Taliban attacks. The result is that millions of Hazaras have fled to numerous countries as refugees or asylum seekers, frequently in terrible living conditions.

Hazara indigenous people made up nearly 67 percent of the population of Afghanistan prior to the 19th century. However, they suffered genocide and enslavement twice in 19th century. They were violently forced from most parts of their land, which is located in the south of modern Afghanistan. More than 60 percent of them were killed and thousands of them were sold as slaves.

The entire history of the 20th century in Afghanistan has been marked by killing and discrimination against Hazaras. In August 1998, the Taliban killed more than ten thousand Hazaras in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Similar massacres quickly spread to other parts of Afghanistan. Destroying Hazara history and making and promoting a false history about them have been further strategies, in addition to violent crime.

For example, in March 2001, the Taliban notoriously destroyed the ancient Buddha sculptures of Bamiyan which are primary symbols of Hazara history and culture, and one of the most popular masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Such is the history of two centuries of crimes against the Hazara, and from which they suffer today.

Therefore, we poets from around the world declare our solidarity with the Hazara people and ask you world leaders to take the following steps to properly insure the security and safety of the Hazara people and culture:

1: Declare a state of emergency regarding Hazara circumstances authorized by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

2: Put pressure on both the Afghan and Pakistani governments to immediately cease acts of discrimination against the Hazaras and to stop supporting terrorist groups who commit violent acts against them.

3: Ask the Refugee Convention's state parties to protect Hazara asylum seekers and grant them asylum.

4: Establish an international truth Commission to investigate the crimes against the Hazaras.

5: Open a comprehensive case in international courts such as the ICC.

6: Over 150 thousand international troops are in Afghanistan. They must ensure the safety of the Hazaras before they leave Afghanistan.

7: Ask international media to investigate and report on activities against the Hazara, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan.



Poets Around the World



Signatures with names, positions and countries:



Fernando Rendón, Poet, editor and director of International Poetry Festival of Medellin (Colombia)
Kamran Mir Hazar, Poet, journalist and webmaster (Afghanistan/Norway)
Lello Voce, Poet (Italy)
Gabriel Rosenstock, Poet (Éire/ Ireland)
Irena Matijašević, Poet (Zagreb/ Croatia)
Pitika Ntuli, Poet, writer and sculptor (South Africa)
Dean Hapeta aka Te Kupu (Poet/Musician) Aotearoa (NZ)
Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Poet (Ireland)
Jack Hirschman, Poet (San Francisco in the United States)
Agneta Falk, Poet (San Francisco in the United States)
Janak Sapkota, Poet (Nepal)
Boel Schenlaer, Poet (Sweden)
Ershad Mazumder, Poet (Bangladesh)
Alexander Gorsky, Poet, writer, journalist (Ukraine)
William Masore, Poet (Kenya)
K. Satchidanandan, Poet (India)
Thór Stefánsson, poet (Iceland)
Hemant Divate, Poet, Editor, Publisher and Translator (Mumbai, India)
Attila F. Balázs, Poet, editor, Publisher and Translator (Slovakia)
AB-ART Publishing house (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Enikoe Thiele, Poet, translator (Austria)
Alireza Behnam, Poet and journalist (Iran)
Mohammad Sharif Saiidi, Poet and journalist (Afghanistan/Sweden)
Leila Malekmohammadi, Poet and journalist (Iran/ Norway)
Jüri Talvet, Poet (Estonia)
Maggie Cleveland, Poet (Massachusetts, US)
Julio Pavanetti, Poet, President of Liceo Poético de Benidorm (Uruguay/Spain)
Angelina Llongueras, Poet, Barcelona (nowadays a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade in San Francisco, US)
Amir Or, poet and editor (Israel)
Fahredin Shehu, Poet and Writer(Prishtina, KOSOVO)
Andrea Garbin, poet (Mantova, Italy)
Jean-Claude Awono, Teacher, editor and President of La Ronde des Poètes, Cameroon and Festival international de Poésie des Sept Collines de Yaoundé, Festi7 (Cameroun)
George Grigore, Poet (Bucharest, Romania)
Neeli Cherkovski, Poet (USA)
J. K. Ihalainen, Poet and publisher (Finland)
Hooman Azizi, Poet (Iran)
Maryam Hooleh, Poet (Iran)
Philip Hammial, poet and sculptor (Australia)
Rati Saxena- Poet, kritya international poetry festival (India)
Bina Sarkar Ellias, Poet, editor, designer and publisher (Bombay/India)
Mahmoud Abuhashhash, Poet (Palestine)
Julia Kissina, Writer (Germany/Russia)
Zelma White, Poet (Montserrat, B.W.I)
Merlie Alunan, Poet, Essayist, Teacher of Literature (Philippines)
Stanka Hrastelj, Poet and writer (Slovenia)
Zingonia Zingone Poet (Italy)
Erling Kittelsen, Poet (Norway)
Tânia Tomé, Singer, Composer, Poet and Economist (MOZAMBIQUE)
Rashid Boudjedra, Poet, novelist, playwright and critic (Algeria)
Ersi Sotiropoulos, Poet and novelist (Greece)
Mohammad Azizi, Poet and journalist (Afghanistan)
Emad Fouad, Poet and journalist (Egypt/ Belgium)
Dr.Arif Ali Albayrak, Poet, Cartoonist, Painter and Music Composer (Cyprus/Turkey)
Arturo Vázquez Sánchez, Poet (México)
José Manuel Solá Gómez, Poet, Writer (Puerto Rico)
Annabel Villar, Poet (Uruguay/Spain)
Stephanos Stephanides, poet, professor of literature (Cyprus)
Peter Völker, Poet (Germany)
José Francisco Mejía Ramírez, Poet and Writer (Honduras)
Reza Heyrani, Poet (Iran)
Hadi Hazara, Poet (Afghanistan)
Nelly Elías de Benavente, Poet, Delegada de IALAYA - Instituto del libro Argentino y Americano (Argentina)
Mir Hussain Mahdavi, Exiled freelance writer and poet (Afghanistan)
Rahela Yar, Poet (Afghanistan)
Werewere-Liking Gnepo, Poet and playwright and performer (Ivory Coast)
Marjorie Evasco, Poet and Teacher of Literature (Philippines)
Robert Max Steenkist, Poet, photographer and entrepeneur (Netherland/ Colombia)
Joseph Mwantuali, Poet (Clinton, New York)
François Szabo, Poet (France)
Gaston Bellemare D.h.c., C.M., O.Q. Président Festival International de la Poésie/ Fédération des festivals internationaux de poésie (Québec, Canada)
Santiago B. Villafania, Poet (Philippines)
Jacobo Rauskin, poet (Asunción, Paraguay)
Gertrude Fester, Poet and writer (South Africa)
Howard Fergus, Poet (Montserrat West Indies)
Prof.Dr.Sc. Ivan Djeparoski, Poet and philosopher (Skopje, R.Macedonia)
Nancy Huston, Novelist and essayist (Canada)
Elfriede Jelinek, writer (Austria)
Tozan Alkan, Poet and translator (Istanbul/Turkey)
Euphrase Kezilahabi, Poet and novelist (Tanzania)
Elyas Alavi, Poet (Afghanistan)
Ali Hazara, Poet and movie maker (Afghanistan)
Parwiz Kawa, Poet (Afghanistan)
Dr.Homaira Nakhat Dastgirzada, Poet (Afghanistan)
Fernando Sabido Sánchez, Poet (Spain)
Hossein Pooya, Poet (Afghanistan)
Sakhi dad Hatef, Poet (Afghanistan)
Maryam Turkmani, Poet (Afghanistan)
Julieta Valero, Poet (Spain)
Hatto Fischer, Philosopher, Poet und Co-ordinator of Poiein kai Prattein (Germany)
Winston Morales Chavarro, Poet (Colombia)
Al Hunter, Poet(Anishinaabe Nation, Canada)
Siki Dlanga, writer and poet (South Africa)
Carey Lenehan, Poet and Writer for Peace (London, UK)
Ernesto Carrión Poeta (Ecuador)
Rira Abbasi, poet, writer and director of International peace poetry festival (Iran)
Mindy Zhang, Poet and translator (China-USA)
Haroon Rahoon, Poet (Afghanistan)
Samay Hamed, Poet (Afghanistan)
S.Asrar Hamed Muqtader 'Vesta', Poet and Reporter (Afghanestan, presently Refugee in Turkey)
Raihan Yousef, Poet and Reporter (Afghanestan, presently Refugee in Turkey)
Akwasi Aidoo, Poet (USA)
Robin Ngangom, Poet, translator, teacher (India)
Rafael Patiño Góez, Poet and translator (Colombia)
Sonja Harter, Poet (Vienna, Austria)
Parvaneh Torkamani, Poet and Social Worker (United States of America)
Fathieh Saudi, Poet (Jordan/UK)
Bengt Bertg, Poet and publisher (Sweden)
Sigurdur Pálsson, poet, (Iceland)
Tamer Öncül, Poet (Nicosia/Cyprus)
Razi Mohebi, Poet and movie maker (Afghanistan)
Partaw Naderi, Poet (Afghanistan)
Zeki Ali, Poet (Cyprus)
Leopoldo Castilla, Poeta (Argentina)
Rachel Tzvia Back, Poet (Israel)
Michael Augustin, Poet & Festival Director (Germany)
Mildred K Barya, Poet (Uganda)
Nicole Cage, Poet (Martinique)
Hafizullah Shariati, Poet (Afghanistan)
Abotalib Mozaffari, Poet (Afghanistan)
Saburullah Siasang, Poet (Afghanistan)
Nawzar Ilyas, Poet (Afghanistan)
Fereshta Ziai, Poet, pedagog and youth mentor (Afghanistan/Sweden)
Sam Hamill, Poet (USA)
Galvarino Orellana, Poet, writer and Secretary General of 'Frente Cultural Bolivariano Internacional' (Chile)
Regina Dyck, Festival Director (Bremen, Germany)
David Huerta, poet (Mexico)
Veronica Murguia, novelist (Mexico)
Gahston Saint-Fleur, Poet, Writter and Executive Director of Foundation PROCULTURA/PROKILTI (Haiti)
Miguel Aníbal Perdomo, Poet (Dominican Republic)
Amiri Baraka, Poet (USA)
Amina Baraka, Poet (USA)
Charl-Pierre Naude, Poet (South Africa)
Dunya Mikhail, Poet (Iraq)
Bei Dao, Poet (China)
Agus R. Sarjono, Poet & Editor in Chief Journal of Criticism (Indonesia)
Nuno Júdice, Poet (Portugal)
Birgitta Jonsdottir, Poetician, Member of the Icelandic Parliament for the Movement & chairperson of the International Modern Media Institution (Iceland)
Reza Baraheni, Novelist, poet, critic, and political activist (Iran)
Peter Curman, Poet (Sweden)
Lyerka Bonanno, Poeta (Venezuela)
Grace R. Monte de Ramos, Poet (Philippines)
Geoffrey Philp, Poet, novelist, and playwright (Jamaica, West Indies)
BINYOU-BI-HOMB Marius Yannick, Poet (Cameroon)
Noria Adel, Poet, writer and visual artist (Algeria)
Shakor Nazari, Poet, Editor, Head of Afghanistan Literature House In Kabul and Member of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) (Afghanistan)
Tsead Bruinja, Poet (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Bernard Noël, Poet (France)
Lic. Gerardo Paz Delgado, Poet, Secretario Nacional por Uruguay del Movimiento Internacional Poetas del Mundo. (Uruguay)
Christian Salmon, essayist and ex director of the International Parliament of Writers, (France)
Mark Lipman, Poet (USA)
Chirag Bangdel, Poet, artist and writer (Nepal)
Zolani Mkiva, Poet (South Africa)
Elena Armenescu, Poet (Romania)
D.M. Reyes, Poet and Literature Teacher (Philippines)
Tom Egeland, author and critic (Norway)
Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Poet, Premio de Poesía Casa de las Américas (Peru)
Rodolfo Dada, poet (Costa Rica)
Jean Portante, poet, novelist (Luxembourg/France)
Gonzalo Márquez Cristo, Poeta (Colombia)
Antonio Correa Losada, Poeta (Colombia)
Amparo Osorio, Poeta (Colombia)
Héctor Rosales, Poet (Uruguay/España)
Anthony L. Tan, poet, fictionist, essayist, and teacher of literature (Philippines)
Myriam Montoya, Poet (Colombia/ France)
Jim Byron, musician (USA)
Carlos Piera, Writer (Spain)
Camila Charry Noriega, Poet (Colombia)
Harold Trujillo Torres, Caricaturista de opinión periódico El Espectador (Colombia)
Lucia Ortiz Corredor, Poet (Colombia)
Julio César Goyes Narváez, Poet (Colombia)
Julio César Goyes Narváez, Poet/ IECO-Instituto de Estudios en Comunicación y Cultura/ Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)
Alonso Sáenz M., Promotor de Lectura (Colombia)
Carmen Calatayud, poet and nonfiction writer (USA)
Eduardo Emilio Esparza, Artista Plastico (Colombia)
Canéla A. Jaramillo, Poet, Author, Editor (United States)
Claribel Alegría, Poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist (Nicaragua)
Jill Schoolman, Publisher (USA)
Marco Antonio Campos, Poet (Mexico)
Marion Bethel, Poet (Bahamas)
Eleonora Parachini, Artista, (Colombia)
Juan Carlos Mestre, Poet and writer (Spain)
Ostap Nožak, writer and translator (Ukraine)
Stephane Chaumet, Poet (France)
Lic. Gerardo Paz Delgado, Poet, Secretario Nacional por Uruguay del Movimiento Internacional Poetas del Mundo. (Uruguay)
Julian Hector Gutierrez, Poet and writer (Colombia)
Francisco Sánchez Jiménez, Writer (Colombia)
Fredy Yezzed, Writer (Colombia/ Argentina)
Eusebio Sánchez Clavijo, Writer (Colombia)
Jose Yezid Morales, Poet and Painter (Colombia)
Helena Iriarte, Novelista y profesora universitaria de literatura (Colombia)
Paul Disnrad, Poet (Colombia/ Serbia)
Paul Dutton, Poet, Fiction Writer, Essayist and Musician (Canada)
Coral Bracho, Poeta (México)
Fanny Moreno Ospina, poeta (colombiana)
Martha Ennix, Artista plástica (colombiana)
Víctor López Rache Poeta y ensayista (Colombia)
María LeMarie, Writer and painter (Colombia)
Bassem Al Meraiby, Poet (Iraq- Sweden)
Manuel Pachón, Poeta y Maestro (colombiano)
Maruja Vieira, Poet and journalist (Colombia)
Juan Carlos Acevedo Ramos, Poet (Colombia)
Roberta J. Hill, poet and writer, (Oneida) (Madison, Wisconsin in the U. S.)
Dieudonné Ewomsan, Poet (Togo)
Carlos Fajardo Fajardo, Poet (Colombia)
Qassim Haddad, Poet (Bahrain)
Neeli Cherkovski, Poet (USA)
Fabio Martinez, Escritor (Colombia)
Morela Maneiro, Poet (venezuela.)
Sayed Hegab, Poet (Egypt)
Farhad Zahidi, Poet (Afghanistan)
Laila Haidari, Poet and director of Life is Beautiful Organization (Afghanistan)
Zoran Anchevski, poet, translator, professor of literature (Macedonia)
Liv Lundberg, Poet, Writer, Professor (Norway)
Pia Tafdrup, Poet and Writer (Denmark)
Sultan Haidari, Poet and journalist (Afghanistan)
Micere Githae Mugo, Poet, Playwright, Scholar and Activist (Kenya)
Angye Gaona, Poeta (Colombia)
Allison Hedge Coke, poet and writer (US)
Matthew Shenoda, Poet (USA/Egypt)
Chiqui Vicioso, Poet (Dominican Republic)
Aref Pejman, Poet and writer (Afghanistan)
Fredy Chikangana, Poeta y Escritor Quechua Yanakuna Mitmak (Colombia)
Ramiz Rovshan, Poet and writer (Azerbaijan)
Liam Ó Muirthile, Poet (Ireland)
Andrei Khadanovich, poet (Belarus)
Alberto Nessi, poeta e scrittore (Svizzera)
Hermes Vargas. Poeta (Spain)



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PS:

1: Copy to International Media

2: For more information contact Kamran Mir Hazar at email: kamran@kamranmirhazar.com and cell phone +47.96666769

Submitted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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