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Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Open the Government Urges Pentagon to Release SIGAR Report Detailing Sex Abuse Crimes by Afghan Soldiers and Police
Excessive Secrecy at DOD may be Keeping Public from Facts on Abuse, Says OTG
WASHINGTON – Open the Government, a leading advocate for transparency to promote government accountability, urged the Department of Defense today to release a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that details the extent of abuse against minors in Afghanistan, carried out by U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers and police.
“At a time when we are focused on ending sexual harassment and abuse at home, we should know if we are aiding and abetting it abroad,” said Open the Government’s Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg. “Releasing SIGAR’s report is an important step towards openness and transparency that we strongly urge the Pentagon to take. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
The Washington Post says that on Nov. 16, the Pentagon released a less thorough report on these human rights violations against children. The parallel investigation by the congressionally-mandated SIGAR remains classified, despite the fact that it was completed five months prior to the DoD report.
“The Department of Defense should lift its veil of excessive secrecy and provide a window into how our tax dollars are being spent in Afghanistan,” said Open the Government’s Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg. “Americans have a right to know if their government is supporting rogue elements abusing children.”
Open the Government is a Washington-based non-partisan coalition of good-and-limited government groups, environmentalists, journalists, library and consumer groups, labor, and others united to make the federal government a more open place in order to ensure integrity and accountability in the operation of our governing institutions, foster confidence in representative government, and support our democratic principles.