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UN, EU and US must press Iraq to end callous siege against Iranians in Camp Liberty

The European Iraqi Freedom Association strongly condemned the fuel, food and humanitarian blockade imposed against Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty by the Iraqi government. The statement issued by Struan Stevenson, president of the EIFA, follows.

27 August 2014 – The blockade of Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty near Baghdad continues. The 2,800 refugees, including 800 women, are now completely out of fuel. Generators have shut down. Water pumps are unable to work. Food stored in the refrigerators is now spoiling. Blackwater tanks are overflowing due to the Iraqi government preventing sewage from being removed from the camp.

On Tuesday 26 August 2014, the pumping of water to Camp Liberty stopped, as fuel for the camp’s generators finally ran out. Iraqi government forces have prevented fuel, food and medical supplies from entering the camp since August 16, causing catastrophic problems. The lack of generating capacity means the 2,800 refugees have no electricity, no air conditioning despite 50 degrees centigrade heat and now, no water. This constitutes a crime against humanity perpetrated by the Iraqi government who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN in which they guaranteed to look after the welfare and safety of the camp’s residents. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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MEPs call for action to end deadly siege on Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty, Iraq

 

 

The intensification of inhuman siege on Camp Liberty drew widespread international condemnation among human rights activists, political dignitaries and lawmakers. Following is the press release by the European Parliament, Committee of Friends of a Free Iran, condemning the siege imposed by the Iraqi government and calling on U.S.,UN and EU to act immediately to lift the siege.

Press release by European Parliament – Friends of a Free Iran
From Tuesday 12 August 2014, the Iraqi forces stationed outside Camp Liberty near Baghdad airport are preventing fuel entry to the camp where some 2800 defenceless refugees, including 800 women, members of the Iranian opposition PMOI, are being held in prison like conditions. Continue reading

IRAN DEFENSE MINISTER: TEHRAN REFUSES UN NUCLEAR WATCHDOG ACCESS TO PARCHIN BASE

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Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan said in a press briefing on

Saturday.

Dehgan’s comments, reported extensively by Iranian state controlled news outlets including Fars, ISNA, and Tasnim news agencies, came just two days before August 25 deadline for Iran to answer questions regarding military dimensions of its nuclear program.   Continue reading

Iranian regime replaces Suleimani in Iraq

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A senior member of the Iraqi National Alliance which includes parties with close links to the Iranian regime, said that Qassem Suleimani would be replaced by his deputy Hossein Hamadani for his failure in Iraq.

Quds Force commander, Suleimani has been in charge of the Iranian regime’s security policy in Iraq since the fall of previous government in that country in 2003.

“The National Alliance member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Suleimani’s biggest success in Iraq was elevating Maliki to the premiership and keeping his rival Iyad Allawi out of office, firstly in Iraq’s parliamentary elections in 2005, and again in 2009, despite Allawi’s bloc winning the largest number of seats in parliament,” the report said. Continue reading

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Iraq – URGENT : Camp Liberty Iranians suffer from heat stroke

As Camp Liberty electricity is cut off and air-conditioners stop working many residents suffer from heat stroke

Iraqi forces prevent transfer of six patients, including a cancer patient, to the hospital

On Monday, August 25, a number of residents, including a group of women, suffered heat stroke and were taken to camp’s Iraqi clinic in dire conditions. After two weeks of preventing entry of fuel, many of the generators that produce electricity have come to a standstill and the air-conditioners have stopped working. In such conditions, in the extreme heat of Iraq, living in metal containers is unbearable and everyday there are residents who suffer heat stroke. Continue reading

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URGENT – Iraq: Water pumps stop in Camp Liberty as fuel siege continues

Pumping of water to Camp Liberty comes to a halt as fuel for electric generator at the pumping station runs out

Iranian Resistance calls on the United States for urgent action to end the criminal siege on Camp Liberty

Since 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, August 26, pumping of water to Camp Liberty has come to a complete halt. This happens following 14 days of obstruction of entry of fuel to Camp Liberty by Maliki’s forces and as the fuel for the electric generator at the pumping station that is outside the camp finally ran out. Continue reading