Karzai Kicks Contractors out of Afghanistan—Underlining Need for Accountability

President Hamid Karzai issued a decree today ordering private security companies in Afghanistan to disband within four months, the New York Times reports. This decree comes on the heels of serious allegations of corruption and reports of rampant abuse by private security contractors in Afghanistan, which currently number at over 28,000 strong—nearly all of them armed.

Since the release of our report, Private Security Contractors at War, Human Rights First has been urging accountability. Read our press release responding to Karzai’s decree, and a recent blog underlining what can be done to provide oversight and accountability for contractors at war.


Published on August 17, 2010


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