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Minority Groups Sidelined in Peace Talk: Survey

Minority Groups Sidelined in Peace Talk: Survey

KABUL - A majority or sixty percent of minority groups, who are eager to be involved in the country’s different affairs, have been sidelined in the peace process, a survey found on Thursday.
Syed Hassan Anosh, Head of Civil Society and Human Rights Organization, said told a gathering titled Meaningful Participation of Affected Minorities in Peace Process that  a large number of minority groups had been sidelined in the decision making matters.
The event was attended by a large number of representatives from political parties, civil society oganisations and human rights watchdogs.
AsadullahYousufi, Commissioner of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, said minority groups had no links with the government or Taliban therefore every side should respect their rights in the peace process.
The survey was conducted with 18 specialist individuals, 50 group interviews and 595 members from minorities, in which 48 percent were females and 52 percent males.
According to the survey, 48 percent members of minority groups are optimistic about the outcome of the ongoing talks while 60 percent said they are not part of the peace process. Eighty percent supported power sharing based on ethnic strength.
Seventy-eight percent participants demanded that future peace agreement should recognize all languages spoken in the country as official languages. Ninety-eight percent said that any peace agreement should ensure equal provision of education and health opportunities for all.
Ninety-five percent said that in the future peace agreement, people should have the right to elect governor, district chief and mayor while 90 percent said that future government in the post peace era should ensure that people are offered education in their mother tongue. (Pajhwok)