Statement on the Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is extremely concerned by the human rights violations occurring in Afghanistan as the Taliban consolidates its control of the country while the United States and other NATO countries withdraw their forces. The unfolding tragedy is reminiscent of the lead up to the Rwandan genocide, when the warning signs were present, but the world turned a blind eye. We must learn from history and respond when we see indicators of potential genocide.

While we understand that the conflict in Afghanistan is longstanding and incredibly complex, it is devastating to see the erosion of human rights advances made in recent years, as well as the renewed assault against ethnic minorities, women, girls, and those who stand against the Taliban. We call upon the nations of the world to do everything possible to prevent the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by the Taliban. We must stand together and mobilize to hold the Taliban accountable and prevent another genocide from unfolding before our very eyes.

The mission of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. To learn more about the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and its mission, please visit dhhrm.org.

– Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO
– Mark Zilbermann, Board Chair

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