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Rights Groups Ask WikiLeaks To Censor Files

Nader Nadery of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission
International rights groups are calling on WikiLeaks to censor secret files on the war in Afghanistan to protect civilians who have worked with foreign forces there.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Institute, and the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict have sent a series of e-mails to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asking that the names of Afghan civilians be removed from the 77,000 classified documents the website posted last month.

Nader Nadery from the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission said there has been a noticeable rise in the number of assassinations of Afghan civilians seen as government collaborators.

Referring to WikiLeaks' decision to post the classified documents, Nadery said "there was no consideration about civilian lives."

compiled from agency reports