Alleged civilian murders Call for UK inquiry
The UK should establish an independent inquiry to investigate any allegations of unlawful killings by British special forces in Afghanistan, the latter’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has said.
The call was made after allegations of murder and torture of Afghans were uncovered by an exhaustive four-year inquiry into Australian special forces operations in Afghanistan. The Brereton inquiry uncovered evidence of 39 alleged murders of Afghans by 25 Australian soldiers, and raised concerns that some deaths had been “bloodings” in which young soldiers were ordered to execute prisoners to get their “first kill”.
The Kabul-based AIHRC chair, Shaharzad Akbar, said the findings were evidence that Australian forces had engaged in inhumane acts. She said the US, UK and other countries with an armed presence in Afghanistan should investigate allegations. “In particular, the AIHRC calls on the UK to open an independent inquiry to review and investigate the allegation of unlawful killings by UK special forces … Only through further investigation, documentation and engagement with victims will victims’ families’ right to truth and justice be met.”