The World Hazara Council Congress held its second conference on 25th and 26th April 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Members of the General Assembly (Central Council) and the new members of the Council from Europe, US, and Australia were also present.
The first day of the conference consisted of the Council presenting and evaluating its performance over the last two years. This was followed by proposals from the Executive Council on the Council’s agenda for the next two years, the Council’s budget and total membership fees, as well as the Council’s strategy and long term plans. Meanwhile, members of the Council were divided into groups in order to exchange views, initiate ideas, and make amendments to the Council’s strategic plans.
Dr. Tahir Shaaran, presented the activities of the council during his first term in office as President of WHC. This was followed by key speeches from prominent academics and cultural individuals within the Afghan community.
The second day of the conference focused on the elections. Dr. Tahir Shaaran was re-elected as the the President of the WHC with majority of the votes. In addition, elections were also held for key positions within the council: First and Second Vice Presidents, Secretary, Chairman of Culture and Media committee, Chairman of Human Rights and Refugees committee, Finance and Public Relations Officer, Financial Auditors, and Evaluation Officer.
After the elections results were counted and announced, the Council hosted a roundtable. Assadullah Shafaei presented the preparation towards a ‘Hazara Encyclopaedia’, whilst Akram Gezabi and Haj Kazem Yazdani spoke about the dynamic political situation of Afghanistan and the Hazaras in particular.
Mojtaba and Tahereh Rafaei, members of the Student Association in Vienna, presented their research paper on Hazara students in Austria and highlighted the importance of education for women. The Council also discussed the 1,500 Afghan refugees trapped amidst conflict zones in Syria, attempting to find coherent solutions.
The first World Hazara Council Congress was held in Vienna on 21 April, 2013. The report of the first Congress can be read here in both Farsi and English: