The War Resisters League stands with Afghans United for Justice as they condemn the Kunduz hospital bombing as a war crime, and call for an independent investigation into the U.S. airstrikes on this Afghanistan hospital.
"The human cost of this war crime continues beyond the October 3 airstrike. The whole city of Kunduz is now without a hospital, as MSF has been forced to evacuate the area. This means that tens of thousands of people are without access to emergency medical and surgical healthcare in a city that has been devastated by intense fighting. Some survivors of the attack, like Khalid Ahmad, will suffer from lifelong permanent disabilities. And, without accountability, the U.S. military will continue to justify its war crimes.
Many important questions remain unanswered. We echo MSF in asking, “Who within the chain of command is ultimately responsible for the deaths of 42 people, and how is that person being held accountable?”
Afghans United for Justice demands:
- An independent investigation of the Kunduz hospital bombing, outside of the chain of command.
- The U.S. Department of Defense release the names of all 16 U.S. Military personnel involved in this attack.
- The Afghan Unity Government bring the 16 U.S. military personnel to trial and prosecute them in Afghanistan.
- The U.S. Department of Defense release all footage and recordings captured by the AC-130 warship before, during, and after the attack.
- Lifelong medical coverage for all permanently disabled and injured victims of the attack.
- Proper compensation to all victims.
We cannot allow this war crime to pass unnoticed. We need to hold the U.S. military accountable. The Pentagon cannot conduct an impartial investigation of its own actions.
We need an independent investigation outside of the chain of command.
ACT NOW: please join us in our call for justice and sign the petition here."
Read Afghans United for Justice's full statement here.
Sign their petition here.
For background information on the bombing of the Kunduz hospital, read:
"Contrary to what the U.S. military wants you to believe, the Kunduz hospital bombing was a deliberate attack. It is a war crime. The 16 U.S. military personnel involved murdered 42 people and injured dozens of more people. Acknowledging its guilt, the U.S. military paid a paltry $6,000 to the families of those who died in the attack, and $3,000 to those who were injured. Blaming this war crime on the “fog of war” is an injustice to those who were murdered last October. We need to hold the U.S. military accountable."
The above text and research was originally posted on Seelai Karzai's website. Thank you Seelai.