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U.S. fails to probe Afghan civilians' death during military operations: Amnesty International

English.news.cn   2014-08-11 19:32:43

KABUL, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The families of thousands of Afghan civilians who have been killed or injured during operations of the U.S. and NATO-led forces have been left without justice or compensation, said a report of Amnesty International released here Monday.

"Thousands of Afghans have been killed or injured by the U.S. force since the invasion, but the victims and their families have little chance to redress. The U.S. military justice system almost always fails to hold its soldiers accountable for unlawful killing and other abuses," Amnesty International's Asia Pacific Director Richard Bennett told reporters here.

The report also found that even apparent war crimes have gone uninvestigated and unpunished.

Amnesty International conducted detailed investigations of 10 incidents that took place between 2009 and 2013, in which civilians were killed by U.S. military operations, the report said, adding at least 140 civilians were killed in the incidents that Amnesty International investigated, including pregnant women and at least 50 children.

"None of the cases that we looked into, involving more than 140 civilian deaths, were prosecuted by the U.S. military. Evidence of possible war crimes and unlawful killings has seemingly been ignored," Bennett said.

The London-based rights watchdog official also urged the U.S. military to immediately investigate all the cases documented in the report and all other cases where civilians have been killed.

"The victims and their family members deserve justice," he said.

Amnesty International also urged the Afghan government to immediately establish its own mechanism to investigate abuses by the Afghan National Security Forces, who will assume full combat responsibility from the U.S. and NATO-led troops by the end of the year.

Editor: Mioh Song
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