Stefan Schmitt, Director of PHR's International Forensic Program, writing from Kabul, where I'm working with local partners to host a conference on truth seeking and the role of forensic science. Against a news cycle dominated with charges of corruption and threats of instability, I want to share news of a different sort from Afghanistan
We are now accepting applications for the PHR International Forensic Program's spring training program in Crime Scene and Evidence Documentation, which will be held from April 26-30, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Nathaniel Raymond has been leading the investigation into the alleged 2001 Dasht-e-Leili massacre in Afghanistan. Dr. Jennifer Leaning discovered the mass grave of Taliban prisoners.
Seven years ago, investigators for the Boston-based group Physicians for Human Rights discovered what appeared to be a mass grave in northern Afghanistan.The bodies, they were told, were those of Taliban fighters who had been rounded up by Northern Alliance forces shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2001 and stuffed into metal shipping containers for transport to a nearby prison.
In an interview today with Anderson Cooper, President Obama announced that he has ordered his national security team to collect all the facts in the Dasht-e-Leili massacre and apparent US cover-up---a move that Deputy Director Susannah Sirkin has praised in a statement earlier today.