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India: Thousands call for justice for Afghan civilians killed in US operations, Amnesty Intl. India

September 25, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India: An Amnesty International India press release says nearly 20,000 people in India have supported it’s campaign urging US President Barack Obama to ensure accountability for serious human rights violations and apparent war crimes in Afghanistan by US forces.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet the US President for summit-level talks in Washington DC on 29-30 September.

“The families of thousands of Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO forces are still waiting for justice. Prime Minister Modi must heed the voices of those in India calling for accountability, and call on the US government to investigate all cases where Afghan civilians have been killed in US military operations,” said Shailesh Rai, Programmes Director, Amnesty International India .

Left in the Dark“, a recent report by Amnesty International, documents the almost complete lack of accountability for civilian casualties caused by US and other NATO forces in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013. The report found that even apparent war crimes have gone uninvestigated and unpunished, mainly because of the deeply flawed US military justice system.

“The US government must address the unlawful killings of civilians by its forces or risk leaving Afghanistan with a legacy of impunity and violence,” said Shailesh Rai. “As a key ally of both Afghanistan and the United States, India must urge the US to ensure justice and remedy for Afghan civilians.

Amnesty International India is also urging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise other crucial human rights concerns with US authorities during his visit, including the Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide’s disregard for Indian court summons over the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster.

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