Search

 

Cablegate: Tfiz01: Dart Abuse Prevention Unit

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KUWAIT 001166

SIPDIS

STATE PASS TO IO COLLECTIVE
STATE ALSO PASS USAID/W
STATE FOR PRM/ANE, EUR/SE, NEA/NGA, IO AND SA/PAB
NSC FOR EABRAMS, SMCCORMICK, STAHIR-KHELI, JDWORKEN
USAID FOR USAID/A, DCHA/AA, DCHA/RMT, DCHA/FFP
USAID FOR DCHA/OTI, DCHA/DG, ANE/AA
USAID FOR USAID/AA:NATSIOS
USAID FOR DCHA/OFDA:WGARVELINK, BMCCONNELL, KFARNSWORTH
USAID FOR ANE/AA:WCHAMBERLIN
ROME FOR FODAG
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH
DOHA FOR MSHIRLEY
ANKARA FOR AMB WRPEARSON, ECON AJSIROTIC AND DART
AMMAN FOR USAID AND DART


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PHUM PREF MOPS PREL IZ
SUBJECT: TFIZ01: DART ABUSE PREVENTION UNIT

-------
SUMMARY
-------

1. The DART Abuse Prevention Unit has been activated to
identify, monitor, prevent, and respond to human rights
abuses and protection issues in Iraq. Since arriving in
Kuwait, the APU has briefed military units, NGOs, ORHA, and
the USAID Reconstruction Team on the importance of reporting
on reprisals and human rights abuses and the central role of
the APU in that process. The APU is coordinating its work
closely with State (PRM/DRL), NSC, and DOD. End Summary.

-------------
APU BRIEFINGS
-------------

2. On 25 March, in coordination with several non-
governmental organizations (NGOs), the DART Abuse Prevention
Unit (APU) completed an official Request For Information
(RFI) with the Humanitarian Operations Center (HOC) that
would formally ask forward Coalition units to begin
reporting on human rights issues. The APU is working with
the Military Liaison Unit (MLU) to develop additional
instructions for military personnel to identify and better
characterize human rights violations using the Rapid
Assessment Form.

3. During a meeting with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
on 25 March, the APU received a sample of "Survey Questions
for Determining Human Rights Abuses". The APU will use
these as a basis for its own assessments. PHR also raised
the possibility of establishing joint NGO / DART teams to
monitor human rights abuses.

4. The APU has distributed 200 `Field Guides to Preventing,
Mitigating, and Responding to Human Rights Abuses" to
Coalition forces and NGOs, including Interaction, PHR, the
International Organization for Migration, and others. An
additional 800 Field Guides are scheduled to arrive by the
end of the week and will be rapidly distributed. Many
Coalition units and NGOs have asked the DART for additional
copies of the Field Guide, and the APU is considering
ordering an additional 2,000.

5. On 26 March, the APU met with senior staff at ORHA to
discuss plans for preventing, deterring, and responding to
human rights abuses. ORHA expressed strong support for
APU's program and offered assistance, including ensuring
that the APU will have maximum access in country and
offering to recruit additional Abuse Prevention Officers
(APOs) if necessary. The APU is following up with ORHA to
identify potential Coalition force components that could be
used to assist responding to and deterring abuses.

6. On 27 March, an APO was part of the DART assessment of
Umm Qasr. General unrest after fighting was dominated by
looting of government and property of regime supporters.
Coalition forces there report that there may have been some
"lynching" but do not know of any specific incidents to
corroborate the statement. Doctors at the hospital gave no
information about treating victims of violence other than
war wounded.

----------
Conclusion
----------

7. The DART APU will continue to gather information that is
crucial to the monitoring and prevention of human rights
abuses. Once the DART moves into the field, the APU will
include regular reporting on human rights issues that impact
political and military stability. The APU will continue to
coordinate its response with other USG agencies operating in
the field.

JONES

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Myanmar: UN Condemns Escalating Violence In Deadliest Day Of Protests So Far

In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs


UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>