Tell The Us Government To Stop Supporting Rape, Murder, Torture And Many Other Human Rights ViolationsAlthough Afghanistan has officially ratified the global ban on cluster bombs, its still no excuse for the US to continue to back the new local Police when they persistently and blatantly commit human rights violations against civilians.
Human Rights Watch released a 102 page report on Sept 13, 2011 documenting serious abuses, such as killings, rape, arbitrary detention, abductions, forcible land grabs, and illegal raids by irregular armed groups in northern Kunduz province and the Afghan Local Police (ALP) force in Baghlan, Herat, and Uruzgan provinces. The Afghan government has failed to hold these forces to account, fostering future abuses and generating support for the Taliban and other oppositional forces.
As part of its exit strategy, the US military is training and mentoring the year-old village-level ALP force. In March 2011, the commander of the international forces in Afghanistan at the time, Gen. David Petraeus, told the US Senate that the ALP is “arguably the most critical element in our effort to help Afghanistan develop the capability to secure itself.”
In Kunduz province, militias have spread quickly in recent years due to insurgency. Their increase is a deliberate policy of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, which has reactivated militia networks primarily through the Shura-e-Nazar (“Supervisory Council” of the north) and Jamiat-i-Islami networks, and provided money and weapons without sufficient oversight and innocent civilians are being subjected to killing, rape, torture and worse because of it.
The rapid build-up of the ALP has contributed to concerns about whether it will be a law-abiding force. Created in July 2010 at the behest of the US, the force is supposed to supplement the Afghan national army and police at the community and village levels. The Afghan Local Police is seen by the US military as a way to address the pressures of trying to hand over control of security to the Afghan government by 2014. Units trained for only 21 days are being armed and deployed in areas where there is limited Afghan national army and police presence. As of August, 7,000 men had been recruited to the force. Plans are under way to arm and train up to 30,000, none of which are being subjected to criminal background checks or sworn to any oath.
What's the use of arming, training and backing a group to protect against insurgency if that group is going to terrorize the innocent people of the country its supposed to protect just as bad as the terrorists its supposed to protect the country from!?
Please follow the link below or copy and paste it into you address bar if you believe the US should sever ties with the ALP and cease support of abusive and destabilizing militias to have any hope of a viable, long-term security strategy.
calebforaction 26-30, M 0 Sep 14, 2011