UN Critical of US Action in Afghanistan

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  • Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 06:09:15 -0000

BERLIN -- The United Nations' top human rights official charged
Wednesday that the U.S. military action in Afghanistan has led to
excessive civilian casualties. 

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Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, stressed to the
Die Zeit newspaper in an interview that she is not soft on terrorism. 

But Robinson said the intervention in Afghanistan "was carried out in
such a way that it could lead to disproportionate numbers of victims in
the civilian population." 

"I can't accept that one causes `collateral damage' in villages and
doesn't even ask about the number and names of the dead," she said,
using the Pentagon expression for civilian deaths. 

Afghan and U.S. authorities have not given a number for how many Afghan
civilians died in the war against terrorism after Sept. 11. Two Afghan
groups are attempting a tally, and New York-based Human Rights Watch
also plans a study. 

Robinson didn't refer to any specific incidents. The U.S. military has
admitted to errors that killed Afghan civilians, but the Pentagon has
stressed they were never deliberately targeted. 

Source:  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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