Official portrait of Paul Bristow MP, Richard Townshend, Licensed under CC BY 3.0

British MP: Hazaras subjected to targeted killings and discrimination under Taliban

British parliamentarian Paul Bristow has expressed concerns that Hazaras are subjected to targeted killings, torture, and discrimination under Taliban rule.

Marking two years since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, the Conservative MP said that the group’s rule has been a “disaster” for the people of Afghanistan.

He stated that the progress that the country made during the last two decades on human rights, particularly women’s rights, is lost.

Bristow, who is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hazaras (APPG) in the UK, asserted that Hazaras remain at risk in the Taliban-ruled country.

APPG is a cross-party group of British parliamentarians that provides a forum to discuss the situation of Hazaras, including raising the issue of genocide against Hazaras, and improving policies towards Afghanistan, Pakistan, and refugees.

“Since the fall of Afghanistan, they [Hazaras] have been subjected to targeted killings, torture, and discrimination,” he said in the video on Tuesday. “My job at Parliament is to raise awareness of Hazaras’ plight and I will not stop doing that at every opportunity.”

Bristow expressed his solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, saying they would not be “forgotten” and paid respect to the British troops who “died in bringing peace and stability to that country for 20 years.”