Constructing a Self-Sovereign Identity and Building the Ecosystem of Digital Hazaristan With Meaningful and Functional Interactions Based on Fundamental Human Rights Principles and Values, Including Dignity, Fairness, Equality, Respect, and Independence, and the Goals of the Hazaristan Charter
With a citizen-centered approach, every Hazara at the individual level, and Hazara as a nation at the national level, should have complete control over data within the ecosystem of Digital Hazaristan.
The core component of the Digital Hazaristan Ecosystem is Self-Sovereign Identity to enable meaningful and functional interactions between:
Web 2.0 was/is a place to raise awareness about the human rights situation of the Hazara, find each other, communicate, and interact. Now, paradigm-shifting, we want to take one step further into a new web and realize dreams of a new era for the Hazara and Hazaristan.
For Hazaras, a historically marginalized and persecuted ethnic group, identity lies at the heart of its membership and existence. Today, the Hazaras are dispersed more than ever. A digital platform that could provide a space of belonging and identity for diaspora Hazaras to feel connected beyond the nation-state, borders, and nationality is necessary. The cultural longevity of the Hazaras or any displaced population depends on the degree of connectedness. Some ethnic groups in the diaspora even formed their own government in exile. For instance, the Tibetan government in exile, East Turkistan Government-in-Exile, and Western Kurdistan Government in Exile. I hope a digital platform like the e-Hazaristan can plant the seeds for a strong transnational Hazara identity and also help them think about forming a government in exile in which they would conduct a democratic experiment.
The Hazara Digital identity construction first requires establishing an authorized and trustful organization, a public registry. “We need an authorized institution to prepare and start registration of the Hazara and issuing them digital identity. We do not have such an institution now, and nor other organizations with neutral vision. The first step is difficult to take. Our experts and activists should be responsible, and people should trust them“
When we have data, we can make plans. For instance, in some fields, we need to educate more, and in other fields, we have well-educated human resources that can be organized for developing the Hazara society. Other examples are gathering data on life average, gender equality issues, and information related to businesses worldwide. Having data gives us an idea about our weaknesses and strengths.
We are separated from each other, a part in Hazaristan, a part in Pakistan, a part in Iran, a part in central Asia, and many in western countries. Digital identity and the nostalgia of history we share may connect us again,
The Hazara need a digital roof to avoid the danger of marginalization and inexistence and save their future generations that may lose their identity. They need something that can guarantee their digital existence.
We now have the Hazaristan Charter, which is an up-to-date and modern charter. Using the Hazaristan charter as a roadmap, we can construct digital identity, have digital elections for Dai Parliament of Hazaristan and establish the Dai Sate of Hazaristan digitally.
I, as a Hazara living in North America, do not know how many Hazara are here. In the same state I live in, I do not know the number of Hazara and what they do. I only know a few through the personal network, but not the other. A significant number of Hazara are in Australia. However, we do not know precisely how many
When you have digital identity and information about the Hazara, you can track the human rights violations against them. For instance, in recent years, in Maidan, Ghazni, Zabul, Kabul, Oruzgan, Takhar, Balkh, Sari Pol, and Baghlan, they killed many Hazara. We have people, and we have proof. We can go to International Criminal Court (ICC) with evidence, proof, and people who are victims.
As a stateless nation and in keeping with technological advancement, it is crucial and essential to creating the ecosystem of digital Hazaristan, in which identity, economy, science, culture, and government are defined and specified. By doing this, the Hazara people will be liberated from dependency and fragmentation and able to connect with each other and other modern nations of the world in a secure digital environment.