Disturbed Afghan mass grave site must be secured: rights group

15 December, 2008 by Staff Writers Washington (AFP)

A US-based rights group called on Monday for NATO to secure a mass grave in northern Afghanistan that has been disturbed.

The Dasht-e-Leili site is suspected of having held up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners, according to Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which discovered the grave in 2002 and has performed autopsies on some of the bodies.

In July 2008, an expert from the Boston-based group found two large holes three meters (10 feet) deep in the ground, a possible attempt to remove evidence of alleged killings.

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Divide and Shock in Palestine By Ewa Jasiewicz

The Palestine Trade and Investment Forum began in London this past weekend. Organised on the behalf of UK Trade and Industry and the Department for International Development, this British government lead initiative welcomed over 40 Palestinian delegates from the occupied West Bank, and just three from besieged Gaza.

Whilst private sector business representatives talked of privatising Palestinian assets, services and natural resources, Israel continues to develop new settlements in the west bank and East Jerusalem, a light railway system on occupied territory and an apartheid wall declared illegal by the International Criminal Court; facts on the ground which fly in the face of any semblance of both sovereignty and territorial contiguity or independent development.

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