Cambridge, MA — Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) calls upon Afghan, UN, and NATO authorities to cease evading responsibility and to act immediately to secure the mass grave site at Dasht-e-Leili in northern Afghanistan.
Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) December 15, 2008 — In response to the UN's December 15 pledge to help Afghan authorities protect a mass grave site in northern Afghanistan that may contain evidence of war crimes, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) calls upon U.S. Army General David McKiernan, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, to assist the UN in preserving any remaining evidence and protecting any surviving witnesses.
Investigative reports by McClatchy newspapers, as well as PHR's own findings, have revealed that large sections of the Dasht-e-Leili mass grave in Northern Afghanistan have been dug up and removed.
PHR Files Suit Against Defense Department in FOIA Dispute Over Documents Concerning Dasht-e-Leili Mass Grave in Afghanistan
Physicians for Human Rights filed suit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Defense claiming improper withholding of public records under the Freedom of Information Act.
PHR called on Afghanistan's Interim Government Chairman Hamid Karzai and the international community to provide protection of at two mass grave sites near Mazar-I-Sharif.