Camp Liberty

ISJ condemns Iraqi Government’s inhuman food and water blockade to Camp Liberty residents

The blockade imposed by the Iraqi government against Camp Liberty refugees has become the source of international worries and indignation. In the following press release, the International Committee in Search of Justice has condemned the siege against the Iranian refugees and has called on the U.S. and UN to live up to their moral and legal commitments.

Call on U.S. Government and the UN to uphold their responsibilities and prevent another humanitarian tragedy in Iraq
ISJ, 27 August 2014, Madrid – Some 2800 Iranian refugees, including 800 women, are held under unbearable conditions in Camp Liberty near Baghdad airport. It has been more than two weeks now that the Iraqi government is preventing fuel to enter the camp.

Camp Liberty’s electricity is only provided by electric generators running on fuel. Therefore the health of the residents and all infrastructures and basic life affairs are now seriously at risk as the fuel reserves finished yesterday morning and water pumps stopped working.

Several residents, including a group of women, have suffered heat strokes and many others are in critical conditions.

We had warned about this crisis with numerous letters, statements and communications to the U.S. Government, United Nations Secretary General and the EU High Representative.

The United States has particular responsibility since the residents’ current situation is a direct result of the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003 when the US officials gave to each of the residents written assurances that their safety and security would be protected and US pushed them later to evacuate their homes at Camp Ashraf and move to Liberty.

So far 116 residents have been murdered in brutal attacks by Maliki’s forces and 20 more have died due to the inhuman medical restrictions imposed the by Iraqi government
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The United States and United Nations must live up to their commitments and responsibilities by forcing the Iraqi government to end the inhuman siege of Camp Liberty and immediately allow the entry of food, fuel, water and life essentials to the residents who are now suffering at extreme 48 C° summer heat.

United States will be directly responsible for any harm that Iraqi forces, who act under pressure from the Iranian regime, will do to these defenceless Iranian dissidents.

Alejo Vidal-Quadras
Former Vice President of European Parliament (1999-2014)
President of the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ)

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