Tuesday marks the 2nd anniversary of the massacre of 52 Iranian dissidents by Iraqi security forces loyal to then Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a known puppet of the Iranian regime. These 52 refugees were all members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and a further 7 other camp residents – including 6 women – were abducted as hostages. Continue reading Two years on, massacre of Iranian dissidents in Iraq went unpunished
An unprecedented heat wave has engulfed the entire Middle East. Turkey and Jordan have also faced previously unseen scorching summer heat.
In Iraq, however, the heat intensity is actually higher than anywhere else. The extreme heat in this country is unbelievable and literally intolerable, according to international news media.The Iraqi government announced a four-day holiday due to the atrocious heat, due to the fact that all infrastructures are destroyed in this country and the lack of adequate electricity.
See a short video about Camp Liberty conditions here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GMTEl83WmN8
The problems resulting from the immense heat skyrocketing into temperatures never seen before are even more intolerable for a few thousand Iranian dissidents living in Camp Liberty adjacent to Baghdad International Airport.
These individuals are Iranian refugees, who in 2011 were forced to evacuate their 26-year long home in Camp Ashraf, located 60 miles north of Baghdad, and move to Camp Liberty. This new site, a deserted and ransacked US military camp, lacks the most basic infrastructure based on international standards.
This transfer was carried out according to an agreement between the United Nations, US and Iraqi governments.
Despite the fact that UNAMI and the US have legal and moral responsibilities over these refugees’ safety and security, an all-out logistical and medical siege has been imposed on camp residents ever since the protection of these refugees in 2009 was transferred from Washington to Baghdad.
The residents have also been targeted many times in bloody attacks staged by Iraqi forces loyal to the Iranian regime.
During the past past few days, the residents have staged a number of rallies demanding the inhumane siege be lifted as the intolerable recent heat wave has to this day led to the dehydration of many residents and placed their lives in grave danger.
Many of the camp’s power generators and food storage refrigerators have broken down.
The residents also protested inaction seen from the UN and US parties who have specific responsibilities in this regard. They demanded a speedy lifting of the blockade imposed by elements linked to the Iranian regime in the Iraqi government.
“Due to the inhumane siege enforced on us by the Iraqi government, and not allowing us to procure supplies needed for the camp’s infrastructure at our own expense, all of our devices are breaking down and under this scorching heat where our water and electricity all rely on old and worn-out power generators, these sets are going out of order one by one and we no longer have any water, electricity or cooling systems for food storage,” one residents says.
“This is an outlaw prison,” he adds.
“Under this tremendous heat the pipes in this camp become so hot that the water just cannot be used,” another resident says.
Violation Of Written Commitments
Human rights organizations believe there is only one solution to end the violation of written commitments provided and promised by the US and UN to the camp residents. That solution is to lift the inhumane siege that has taken the lives of many of the residents to this day.
The way to end prison-making measures in Liberty is to have the camp management team changed. This responsibility must be assigned to an organization in Iraq that has no political or religious affiliation to the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran. The next important step is to truly recognize this site as a UN-supervised refugee camp.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14 and 15 in the 50 degrees Celsius hot weather, by order of Faleh Fayyad the Iraqi forces at camp Liberty prevented entry of food, fuel and septic trucks to the cam
At the time that due to extremely hot weather the Iraqi government has announced Thursday a holiday, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 14 and 15 July 2015, upon the orders of Iraqi national security advisor Faleh Fayyad, the Iraqi forces at gate 4 of Baghdad Airport, have intentionally prevented the entry of diesel fuel tanker and gasoline, septic and food trucks to Camp Liberty to harass camp Liberty residents.
By Hassan Fallah
In a hot summer day in Iraq I am looking for a place to just sit down and rest after a few hours of work. Oh, I forgot to say that this is Camp Liberty in Iraq near Baghdad International Airport, and we are Iranian refugees who have been restricted to appease the fundamentalist ayatollahs in Iran. I finally reached the only cafeteria in this camp and I saw that there was a program being aired about the upcoming Iranian Resistance annual rally in Paris. I was caught off guard how this year’s gathering has come so soon. I know this event means a lot considering the status quo of the Middle East and Iran. I can even understand how much Iran’s ayatollahs are plotting to have this entire event cancelled.
By H. Sheibani
Along with the other guys I was sitting in the dining hall. We were all very anxious and watching TV showing live tens of thousands of Iranians flooding into Paris. A huge crowd had gathered in Villepinte town hall and they were all in such high spirits. But this was still considered the quiet moments before the actual storm…
by hamid mahjob
The main ringleaders of Islamic fundamentalism in the 21st century are the ayatollahs ruling Iran. In fact, extremist groups in the Middle East and across the globe are the offspring of this regime. This ideology, unable to resolve economic and social problems, is forced to turn to crackdown and repression inside Iran, and exporting terrorism and fundamentalism in the region in an effort to maintain its rule. One clear example in this regard is the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.
The fundamentalism mullahs are the most notorious phenomenon of the 21st century. There is no solution to this dilemma other than the Iranian people and their organized resistance. Fighting fundamentalism and extremism in Iran is only possible with a more advanced and progressive ideology, being a tolerant and democratic version of Islam. The pioneer body of this front is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and Iranian Resistance led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi who has presented a very popular 10-point plan for the future of Iran. Thousands of political, human rights and intellectual dignitaries from across the globe are supporting this cause. This Iranian Resistance is the only democratic alternative to the ayatollahs in Iran and the only solution to fight terrorism and fundamentalism. Thus, fundamentalism will never be uprooted as long as the ayatollahs are in power in Iran. The Iranian diaspora will be holding their annual gathering in Paris on June 13 this year to show the world that the Iranian people despise the ayatollahs and are seeking change.
by Ahmad M
Ne’mat Ghasemi was born in Port Gonave, Iran. He was tall, skinny but very athletic. I met him in solitary confinement of a detention center in Shiraz. When they pushed me into the cell it was very dark, and I suddenly saw myself standing before a man that was severely tortured and his legs were wounded up to this knees. He was severely beaten, but his spirits were very high. I was a bit confused and thought that I didn’t belong there. The cell was very small for one person, let alone two. I was still standing when Ne’mat opened up some room for me and asked me to sit. A few minutes later they might come and take you for interrogation, and I might have to give you all the gauzes and dressing pads, he said.