Victims of Terrorism Held in a Prison for Terrorists

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To this day, according to the information provided to NCRI from inside Iran, the seven Ashraf hostages, abducted during the savage attack of Nouri Al-Maliki’s forces on September 1st, are being held in Sharaf prison, a complex controlled by Nouri Maliki’s son, Ahmad. Quite ironically, the seven hostages, victims of the Iraqi government’s terrorism, are captive in a prison that is used to detain those alleged of terrorism.

This prison is used by the prime minister to covertly destroy his opponents without anyone learning of their fate. That is exactly the fate that awaits the seven hostages.

Aside from Maliki’s torturers and interrogators, only agents from the Iranian embassy and intelligence ministry, and torturers from the Quds force are allowed to visit the hostages in order to pursue their evil deeds. The Iranian regime’s embassy has allocated a full-time interpreter to this end.

The hostages have no access to lawyers and family, and the judge who reviews their case is completely in league with Maliki and his cohorts.

This injustice must stop now. As stressed time and again by hunger strikers, dignitaries, human activists and parliamentarians around the world, the United States and United Nations have direct responsibility in freeing the hostages from the clutches of Maliki and preventing them from being extradited to Iran.

Camp Liberty Hunger Strike – Day 30

Camp Liberty Hunger Strike - Day 30
Camp Liberty Hunger Strike – Day 30

While the first month of camp Liberty residents’ hunger strike comes to a close, the health of the hunger strikers is deteriorating at an increasing pace, and every day, more of the hunger strikers are bedridden and taken to the Iraqi clinic of the camp. Yet all of them unequivocally insist that they will continue their hunger strike until the seven Ashraf hostages in custody of Iraqi Government are released and the protection of camp Liberty residents provided.

Mehrdad, one of the hunger strikers in camp Liberty who has lost 8 kilos since the beginning of the hunger strike and is suffering from severe health problems, has refused to abide physicians’ recommendations to quit the hunger strike and firmly persists on continuing his hunger strike until the just demands are met, even if it means his life. He reiterates that US and UN are responsible for the safety of the hostages and reaches out to the international community to put pressure on the Iraqi government to release the hostages.

Watch Mehrdad’s video on YouTube:

 

US and UN must not Succumb to the Lies of Maliki regarding Ashraf hostages

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With nearly a month passing from the savage massacre of camp Ashraf residents, the 7 hostages, who were abducted by the Iraqi forces that carried out the raid, are still missing, and the Iraqi government still refuses to release them and futilely tries to deny having them in its custody.

Protesters, hunger strikers, dignitaries and human rights figures across the world are unanimously calling on the US and UN to stand up to their obligations and put pressure on the Iraqi government to release the hostages.

They are outraged that, while there is ample evidence that the hostages are in the hands of Maliki, the Iraqi government is resorting to a scenario of disinformation to deceive the US, UN and international community into believing that the hostages aren’t in Iraq.

In this regard, Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to Secretary Kerry, in which he urged him to, “Press Prime Minister Maliki to make every effort to secure theses individuals’ release.”

The United States is responsible for the safety and security of the hostages and must act quickly and effectively to ensure their safe release and their return to camp Liberty.

Camp Liberty Hunger Strike – Day 29

Camp Liberty Hunger Strike - Day 29
Camp Liberty Hunger Strike – Day 29

Today is the 29th day of the Liberty residents’ hunger strike. Today 46 of the hunger strikers suffered from cramps, dizziness, dimness of sight and hearing, and digestive problems. Twelve of them were taken to the Iraqi clinic inside the camp.

While being extremely upset at US government’s inaction, the brother of one of September 1st massacre victims, said, “My brother stayed in Ashraf as guardian of property based on the commitments of UN and US and their assurances about safety of Ashraf, but I lost him and now I have to face the extradition of seven Ashrafi hostages to Iran.” He added, “Our first demand is that a delegation from the US Embassy and the United Nations must immediately visit Sharaf Prison in Baghdad’s Green Zone, behind the Prime Ministry’s office, and the hostages must be released as soon as possible. I will fight for the freedom of the hostages to the end, because Iraqi government is holding them.”

 

The criminals investigate their own crime

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Nowhere in the world can a crime suspect be involved in that crime’s investigation, let alone assume its responsibility. Yet that is exactly the case regarding the massacre of 52 residents of camp Ashraf on September 1st. Following the heinous crime that Iraqi forces under direct command of Maliki committed in Ashraf, the Government of Iraq decided to deceive the international community by declaring a sham investigation into this crime against humanity.

This masquerade of an investigation was carried out by three officers sent to camp Liberty on behalf of General Jamil al-Semmari, chief of Diyala police and commander of the September 1st massacre in Ashraf, to interrogate the 42 survivors of the massacre, who have been relocated from Ashraf to Camp Liberty.

To what degree can one rely on the results of such an investigation? Is such an undertaking even legitimate?

While the Iraqi government is still torturing seven residents of Ashraf in its dungeons, the goal of this investigation was solely to wipe the blood off Maliki’s hands and set the stage for the further massacres of PMOI members in Camp Liberty.

The attorneys of the residents of camp Liberty have announced that the probe must be carried out by the UN Secretary-General, High Commissioner of Human Rights and/or the Security Council. Nonetheless, to prevent any excuses and allegations of lack of cooperation, one of the eyewitnesses of the Ashraf massacre described his observations of the scenes of the massacre and group executions of the residents by the Iraqi forces for four and a half hours!

Quite predictably, when the residents spoke of the role of police officers and Iraqi officials in this massacre, the so-called investigation team impulsively responded that no one has the right to raise such allegations against government officials or the police.

The residents of camp Liberty are outraged by these bogus and sham investigations and expect Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner Pillay to assume responsibility of the inquiry into the September 1 massacre and mass execution. Also, the US government, which has assumed responsibility regarding the residents’ safety and security, must take this grave crime against humanity to the International Criminal Court through the UN Security Council. Only then can justice be done.

Iran regime & Maliki plot to deceive US UN on seven Camp Ashraf hostages

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In reaction to the constant disclosure of information and details by the Iranian resistance, confirming that the seven Ashraf residents taken hostage are still in the hands of Maliki’s forces, the clerical regime and Maliki have resorted to a joint scenario of dissemination and disinformation, aimed at falsely convincing the US and UN that the hostages are not in Iraq and had been transferred to Iran from the very beginning. The goal is to:

1-    Reduce international pressure and give Maliki the freedom to kill or extradite the hostages.

2-    Save Maliki and his cohorts from legal and political consequences for this heinous crime against humanity.

Iranian Resistance has credible documents and information and trustable witnesses that prove that the massacre in Ashraf was perpetrated by personal orders from Maliki and his Security Advisor Faleh Fayaz at the behest of the Iranian regime and that, to this day, the hostages are in control of Maliki’s special forces in Iraq. These documents and evidence are presentable to any court of law and the witnesses are prepared to testify if their security is guaranteed.

Call for help from the heart of Liberty

Addustour daily (Jordan), Baghdad, 28 Sep 2013 – Following the murder of his father, Abbas Garmabi, in a massacre in Camp Ashraf belonging to Iranian refugees, and also his mother being abducted and arrested as a hostage in the hands of Iraqi authorities, an Iranian young man by the name of Hanif Garmabi sent a message asking for help to those having awaken consciences. 
Hanif Garmabi says his friends on September 1st at 7 am informed him Iraqi forces had attacked Ashraf and he becomes very concerned because his mother and father, along with many of his longtime friends, are in the camp.
Hanif adds at 8:30 am after hearing the first news of the Iraqi forces attack against Ashraf he realizes a large number of the defenseless and unarmed residents of the camp were shot upon by the attacking soldiers and many were killed and injured, and most of those killed were murdered while their hands and feet were tied.
“I was left shocked. What I had in my hand fell to the ground. I could hear my heartbeat. I remembered my mother and father, and the memories of my childhood passed before my eyes,” Hanif says.
“During the early 1980s when Khomeini’s regime was busy arresting and executing its dissidents, especially supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), my mother and father were forced to exit Iran and leave me behind while I was only a small child, without the love of my parents… I always thought of them. During my teenage years the regime in 1998 began harassing and interrogating me to therefore place pressure on my mother and father and force them to leave the PMOI,” he added.
“In the year 2000 while I was accepted into college, I was forced to leave Iran due to the increasing pressures from the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and their death threats against me. I came to Iraq and after many years I saw my mother and father, and I was along their side during these years of the ups and downs of the struggle against Khomeini’s regime,” Hanif continues.
“I remembered the last time I saw my father. Before coming to Liberty when I was saying goodbye to him, I hugged him and told him it is hard for me to go to Liberty without you. He gave me assurance and said this too is part of our struggle and we must continue on for our cause,” he addd.
“I always wanted to die alongside my father, and even thinking about their death was unbearable for me… I knew that their staying in Ashraf brought many dangers along with it. In the midst of all these thoughts all of a sudden the voice of the TV anchorman announced the names of the September 1 massacre in Ashraf. With each name so many memories rushed to my mind. I was engulfed with pain, as if I was suffocating, and even my body began to tremble. The TV anchorman announced the last name: ‘Abbas Garmabi’. A particular cold rushed through my body. I placed my head between my knees so no one would see my tears. My friends were expressing their condolences, but I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anybody. Just the memories of my mother and father, and the heavy weight of this pain passed through my mind. The number of the martyrs increased and finally reached 52. At 5 pm, once again the Resistance TV station aired breaking news and announced the names of seven residents taken hostage by the criminals. Hearing my mother’s name I thought my heart had stopped beating and was going to explode in my chest. I was like a lost ghost… I could no longer walk. I would shout within myself: ‘People, look at those who claim to be Muslims, look at the crimes they are committing in the name of Islam. How they are taking hostage a Muslim woman member of the PMOI, defenseless and unarmed, who had fled the cruelty of the mullahs’ and sought refuge in a neighboring Muslim country. What will be her fate, while her husband has been killed and she herself has been taken hostage?’” Hanif pleaded.
“Seeing the image of my injured father, who had been killed by the agents placing a bullet in his head, ignited a new fire in me… This is by all definitions a true epic; an epic of standing to the end… an epic of saying ‘no’ to ruthless killers,” he added.
“Many of my friends and I here in Liberty from the very first day of September saw no other way than launching an unlimited hunger strike protesting the irresponsible nature of the UN and international community in the face of the security of Ashraf and Liberty residents, due to the US turning its back again and again on its commitments regarding our safety and security. We will continue our hunger strike until all our main demands are met and an impartial delegation is sent to investigate into the grave crime in Ashraf, UN forces are stationed in Camp Liberty and the immediate release of the hostages,” he added.
“For freedom, there is a door that is knocked with bloody hands,” Hanif finalized.