11/24/2004

Report: Preliminary Assessment of Alleged Mass Gravesites in Afghanistan

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an organization of health professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens that uses knowledge and skills of the medical and forensic sciences to investigate and prevent violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

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While at the site on February 10 the PHR forensic team interviewed two witnesses. They stated that the grave in this location dated from four years ago and that it contained the victims who had been killed by Commander Malik's troops.

Local witnesses reported that shortly after the end of Ramadan (end of November/beginning of December 2001) bulldozers were seen at work in the area, which was closely guarded by soldiers. He stated that he believed that the bulldozers were there because dead bodies had been brought there during the night, when villagers were not allowed out. Soldiers guarding the area did not allow locals to observe what was going on.

The second witness stated to PHR that he believed the dead were brought there on one day. He said that he remembered seeing one container truck and two bulldozers. He believes that this happened towards the end of Ramadan 2001.

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