Tag Archives: Middle East

Solidarity with Artists and Scholars from Afghanistan!

The eroding situation in Afghanistan poses a threat to the lives of our colleagues in Afghanistan. Performing artists from Afghanistan were active in building up a society based on democracy, freedom, openness,  human and cultural rights in their country. These are not the values of the Taliban, so their lives are now at risk. ITI applies to democratic governments to take immediate action to save Afghanistan’s performing artists and culture activists, especially women and ethnic and religious minorities. Thousands are already sought, have moved into hiding and may soon take the perilous step of looking for a way over land borders to Pakistan or Usbekistan. 

Networks and organisation have startet support initiatives: Scholars at Risk with their relocation programme and an Urgent appeal to European Governments and EU Institutions, The Festival Academy with a collection of solidarity initiatives.  See also the existing programmes for single persons of Artists at Risk and the Martin Roth Initiative.  Right now joint effort is needed from governments and culture institutions to help a very big amount of people to relocate in safe places.  

 

Afghanistan: Comedian Nazar Mohammad Killed

The Taliban has admitted to the killing of the famous comic Nazar Mohammad, known as Khasha Zwan, in the country’s southern region. Khasha, who earlier served in the Kandahar police, was picked up by from his home in southern Kandahar and shot dead. A a video, widely shared on social media, showed Khasha getting slapped and abused while he was held by two men in a car. Nazar Mohammad’s body, shot multiple times, was found in Kandahar end of July.

Sources: Human Rights WatchIndependent , RTA World (Video via Twitter), Aljazeera