A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest observes Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps soldiers move to the rally point to begin their training during a live-fire range at Camp Shorabak. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Luke Hoogendam)
By law, the United States is required to promote "human rights and fundamental freedoms" when it trains foreign militaries. So it makes sense that if the U.S. government is going to spend billions on foreign security assistance every year, it should probably systematically track whether that human rights training is actually having an impact or not, right?
Apparently not. According to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, both the Departments of Defense and State "have not assessed the effectiveness of human rights training for foreign security forces" — and while the Pentagon agreed to establish a process to do so, State simply can't be bothered.
(Reuters) - The family of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after having been imprisoned in North Korea, blamed Kim Jong Un for their son's death on Friday, reacting to U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that he accepted the leader's claims to have been unaware of the case.
Afghan children follow Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) during a patrol to 6th Sub District Headquarters in Bost Kalay, Afghanistan, March 17, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Sean J. Berry)
Officials did not consistently document human rights abuses committed by Afghan security forces during the first 15 years of the U.S.-led military campaign there, relying on a constellation of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that were often lost or deleted, according to documents reviewed by Task & Purpose.
The stories and images of brutality that have come out of Syria during the now seven-year civil war have resulted in devastatingly little action from the United States. We’ve claimed war-weariness, or “America first,” and turned a blind eye to the slaughter of 500,000 people and suffering of millions more.
For years, military officials and lawmakers have acknowledged and tried to crack down on, sexual abuse of young boys by Afghanistan’s security forces. But a new Pentagon inspector general audit reveals that the well-known problem will require more than legislative gymnastics to address: U.S. Forces-Afghanistan only identified 16 allegations involving Afghan government officials between 2010 and 2016 — and barely did anything about them.