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New Afghan Detainee Allegations Underscore Need for Commission of Inquiry

    June 15, 2016

    The allegations that have come forward through an anonymous letter from members of the Canadian Military Police and reported today in La Presse, regarding the Canadian military’s detention policy and practices  in Afghanistan are gravely concerning. For years, Amnesty International called for a halt to the handover of detainees to Afghan authorities because of concerns about torture. The organization has repeatedly called for transparent investigations into the potential complicity of Canadian forces in serious human rights violations committed by Afghan forces following the transfers. Today’s revelations, if true, underscore the urgent need for a Commission of Inquiry in order to ascertain the full facts of what occurred and identify the reforms needed to ensure these circumstances do not arise again. 

    “If accurate, these revelations cast an even dimmer light on this dark chapter in our country’s military history and underscore the urgent need for all of the facts to come to public light,” said Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada.  “Just last week, Amnesty International joined over forty civil society groups, lawyers, academics and prominent Canadians in renewing the call for a Commission of Inquiry into the Afghan detainee issue. Today we reiterate that call with renewed urgency. These deeply troubling allegations make it clear that only a Commission of Inquiry would have the scope and powers needed to finally get to the heart of this disturbing human rights concern.”

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