Wednesday, 26 February 2019
The Greens have called on Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell to guarantee that the findings of a report into more than 50 incidents of war crimes at the hands of Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan will be made public.
"The Australian people have a right to know exactly what defence force personnel are doing in conflict zones in our name," Peace and Disarmament spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said.
"In the light of revelations in the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force's annual report, tabled yesterday in Parliament, there must be a clear commitment from Mr Campbell that these findings will be made public and that any allegations of unlawful killing, torture or cruel treatment of civilians will be acted on appropriately.
"I would also call on the Inspector General to clarify why misconduct that occurred 'in heat of the battle' is not being examined to dispose of any concerns that war crimes are being overlooked.
"These are incredibly serious allegations and the community has a right to know that in any circumstance, including in the heat of the battle, our defence force personnel are conducting themselves in line with the laws of armed conflict."
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