Amnesty Calls for Suspension and Investigation of SOA/WHINSEC Print
Monday, 25 November 2002 00:00
A report released by Amnesty International, ?Unmatched Power, Unmet Principles: The Human Rights Dimensions of US Training of Foreign Military and Police Forces?, will be an important tool for grassroots activists seeking to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive US foreign policy.

The report calls for a suspension of training at the SOA/WHISC, and an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the school. Amnesty refutes the claim that the WHISC is a new institution, stating WHISC ?is essentially the same school as SOA, with the same primary mission ? conveying military skills to members of Latin American armed forces.?

Changes at the school ?do not absolve the US government of responsibility for identifying and prosecuting those responsible for past human rights violations perpetrated by the SOA? The US government should take immediate steps to establish an independent commission to investigate the past activities of the SOA and its graduates??

?The independent commission of inquiry should recommend appropriate reparations for any violations of human rights to which training at SOA contributed, including criminal prosecutions, redress for victims and their families, and a public apology.?

The report also recommends that the commission examine all US training of foreign militaries, and ?establish safeguards to prevent violations of international human rights?.

Please familiarize yourself with this report, and integrate it into your local legislative and media work.

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