Prosecute Special Forces Soldiers Who Reportedly Murdered and Maimed Civilians

Target: Christian Porter, Attorney-General of Australia

Goal: Bring criminal charges against special forces soldiers who allegedly committed brutal war crimes in Afghanistan.

Australian special forces troops were responsible for extensive violations of human rights and committing shocking war crimes, as alleged in the findings of a four-year long government inquiry. According to investigators, members of the elite Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) carried out extrajudicial killings of farmers and prisoners, often to initiate younger soldiers into the regiment as part of an informal process called “blooding.” Others reportedly shot civilians from afar with silenced weapons with no provocation. In one gruesome incident, SASR troopers allegedly attacked a small village in Uruzgan Province, setting dogs on residents while destroying local public offices.

Although the inquiry seemingly confirmed these crimes and Prime Minister Scott Morrison extended a personal apology to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, those thought responsible have yet to face criminal charges for their actions. The murder and abuse of civilians is utterly unacceptable in any situation and regardless of circumstances, and these apparent actions deserve the maximum punishment under Australian law. Sign the petition below to demand that these alleged war criminals be held to account to begin the process of atonement to the people of Afghanistan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney-General Porter,

The findings of the inquiry into Australian war crimes merely alleged what humanitarians, reporters, and analysts had long suspected of the grotesque behavior of military forces in Afghanistan. As many as 39 civilians were seemingly horrifically and illegally killed by members of the Special Air Service Regiment, actions which Australian Army officials reportedly attempted to cover up at the time of their commission.

The dozens of seemingly murdered Afghans will not come back, and the pain inflicted on their families, friends, and communities can never be undone. However, it now falls to the Australian government to act on their apology for these alleged atrocities and bring criminal charges against those responsible. I demand that those accused of war crimes be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lieutenant Aaron Oldaker, Australian Army




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