Afghan General Dostum Denies Allegations of Massacre of Taliban Prisoners; Confirms Their Joint Surrender to US and Afghan Forces
Cambridge, MA — "The facts gathered in the Dasht-e-Leili mass grave case contradict General Abdul Rashid Dostum's statement of July 17," stated Physicians for Human Rights Deputy Director Susannah Sirkin.
(Cambridge, MA) — In a letter to President Obama dated July 13, 2009, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) CEO Frank Donaghue called on the President to order a formal inquiry into allegations that previous attempts to investigate a major war crime at Dasht-e-Leili, Afghanistan, were impeded by the Bush Administration.
President Obama Orders National Security Team To Investigate Dasht-e-Leili Massacre and Alleged Cover-Up
President Obama told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he has directed his national security team to look into the 2001 deaths of Taliban prisoners who allegedly were massacred by US-backed forces in Afghanistan. The President stated that the government needs to find out whether actions by the US contributed to possible war crimes.
New Evidence that Bush Administration Impeded 3 Investigations into Alleged Massacre of Up to 2,000 Prisoners in Afghanistan
Cambridge, MA-Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has issued a call for a criminal probe in the wake of a major New York Times story with new evidence that the Bush Administration impeded at least three federal investigations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan in 2002.
Cambridge, MA — Obama Administration officials stated Friday, as reported by Lara Jakes of the Associated Press, that they had no grounds to investigate the 2001 deaths of Taliban prisoners of war who allegedly were killed by U.S.-backed forces.