December 17, 2014
SAHR Condemns the
Massacre in Peshawar
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) condemns the massacre at the Army
Public School in Peshawar where 141 people have been killed of which 132
are children. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families and pray for the
speedy recovery of those that have been injured.
The horrific incident is yet another example of the barbaric nature of the
groups that commit heinous crimes against humanity in the name of
religion, be it those that kill children and unarmed civilians in Pakistan
or abduct and rape school girls in Nigeria.
The wave of religious extremism and intolerance that continues unabated in
the countries of the South Asian region gives rise to such barbaric acts.
Women, children and minority communities become more frequent victims of
religious hatred and prejudice. The burning alive of the woman teacher by
the terrorists during the mayhem committed by them in the school in
Peshawar is a horrible example of this victimization.
It is also apparent that the rise of extremism is closely linked to the
agenda of both states and non-state actors to gain political or social
control and domination through fear. These trends have increased violence,
destroyed communal harmony and created a space for extremist and terrorist
agendas to flourish. Each of the countries in the region have already paid
too high a price in terms of human lives, economic deprivation, social
divisions and unending political strife because of religious extremism and
terrorism. It is time for serious and stronger resolves at national and
regional levels by the leadership and the people to end all forms of
extremism and fanaticism that have engulfed us for so long.
On behalf of the members of South Asians for Human Rights
Dr. Nimalka Fernando