NGOs calling for an overhaul of U.S. civilian harm policies and practices
For two decades, U.S. operations overseas have killed tens of thousands of civilians around the world and exacerbated communities’ humanitarian needs. The Defense Department has summarily dismissed countless credible claims of civilian casualties and regularly failed to conduct effective or transparent investigations, learn lessons over time, or provide amends, redress, or meaningful accountability.
In a joint letter, PAX, together with 104 other human rights, humanitarian, protection of civilians, peacebuilding, civil liberties, social and racial justice, government accountability, veterans’, and faith-based organizations, urge U.S. president Joe Biden to publicly recognize the longstanding structural flaws in how the U.S. mitigates, investigates, and responds to civilian deaths and injuries in its operations.
Read the full letter here.