View Full Version : U.S. abides Afghans' abuse of power, rights report alleges

Jul 29, 2003, 02:53 PM
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KABUL A human rights report documenting widespread extortion, armed robbery and kidnapping by the police, intelligence officials and militias in Afghanistan accuses the United States of continuing its support of some of the worst offenders and blames the international community for not doing enough to intervene and stem the abuses.

The 101-page report, titled "Killing You Is a Very Easy Thing for Us," by the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch, is a list of violent crimes committed against Afghan civilians in recent months in 12 provinces that make up eastern and southeastern Afghanistan. It also details threats against journalists, and political and women activists in those areas.

The report accuses soldiers, the police, commanders and even cabinet ministers serving the current government of being responsible for much of the violence, which, it says, is occurring across the whole of Afghanistan in a similar fashion. The perpetrators are people who came to power thanks to United States and coalition intervention against the Taliban in 2001, and who are now abusing their positions of power, the reports says.