A full investigation must be carried out into the September 1, 2013, massacre of 52 members of the People’s Mojaheidn Organization of Iran at Camp Ashraf, and the abduction of seven residents, a leading member of Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council has demanded.
Jean Ziegler, Deputy of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, told a conference in Geneva: “On 9 December, 2013, six United Nations special procedures mandate holders including myself issued a press release and appeal demanding an investigation of the massacres of the 52 residents of camp Ashraf and enforced disappearance of of 7 residents.”
“An independent investigation remains a priority, which I reaffirm today. Barely two weeks before the first anniversary of the massacre a year ago,” he added.
He also praised Maryam Rajavi’s leadership of the Iranian Resistance, adding: “I salute your perseverance and express here my solidarity as the United Nations rapporteur with all victims in particular with the victims of the massacres not only in Ashraf and camp Liberty but before.
“I reaffirm the right of the victims to truth to an independent investigation of the massacres and disappearances and the right to justice.”
Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki massacred PMOI membersat Camp Ashraf on September 1 last year at the behest of the Iranian regime.
The August 13 conference in which Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance was keynote speaker, was chaired by Ms. Anne-Marie Lizin, Honorary President of the Belgian Senate. Continue reading
Preventing entry of fuel for six days in a row has made Camp Liberty residents face a dangerous humanitarian crisis
On Monday, August 18, 2014, for the sixth day in a row the Iraqi forces stationed at Camp Liberty located near Baghdad International Airport, home to Iranian refugees in Iraq, prevented entry of fuel that is essential for providing the minimum humanitarian needs of the residents.
Providing minimum daily necessities in Camp Liberty relies on the continuous and non-stop flow of fuel into the camp.
The fuel powers generators which are used for lighting, cooking food, storing foodstuffs, air conditioning in trailers where the residents live, the purification of water and pumping it into the camp and the drainage of black water.
Liberty is now facing a critical situation in this regard; dozens suffer heat stroke every day, and the sick and the elderly are in a dangerous condition. Continue reading
While recent developments in Iraq have worried the Iranian regime, Tehran is moving fast and frantically to avoid losing its sway over the Iraqi government and territory. Recent reports and finding on the involvement of Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias in clashes across Iraq are testament to the fact.
Of particular interest to the Iranian regime is the situation of thousands of PMOI opposition members residing in Camp Liberty, in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, who have been living in prison-like conditions under the control of the Iran-aligned government of Nouri al-Maliki. The Iranian regime has been taking advantage of the unrest in Iraq and the current power vacuum to strike at its most-feared opponents and possibly eliminate them as a threat. Continue reading
On Monday August 4, the Iraqi forces prevented the transfer of six Iranians in Camp Liberty to Baghdad hospitals to attend appointments which had long been arranged to receive medical treatment. Two of the patients were seeking treatment for cancer and one patient appointment was for undergoing surgery.
Despite the transfer of the patients being coordinated, the Iraqi forces affiliated to the Iraqi Prime Ministry told the residents on Sunday evening that patients were allowed to go to only one hospital and the number of accompanying persons and their interpreters had to be reduced to two. Thus, the residents were forced to eliminate two patients. Continue reading
The West has made the ‘strategic mistake’ of side-lining the Iranian Resistance and instead engaging with the Iranian regime in a fruitless bid to halt their production of a nuclear bomb, a leading Middle Eastern expert has told a conference in Paris.
Dr Walid Phares, professor and commentator on global terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs, also accused the international community of abandoning Iranian dissidents affiliated with the People’s Mojaheidn Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) stranded in Camp Liberty in Iraq, which he branded a ‘jail’. Continue reading
Published on Iran News Update
Twenty-six years have passed since one of the worst crimes against humanity of the latter half of the twentieth century. That crime that has been little noticed in the West and its perpetrators has never been brought to justice.
In late July 1988 political prisoners were killed en masse in a months-long wave of executions across Iran. By the time it stopped that autumn, 30,000 individuals had been slaughtered, the overwhelming majority of them activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Continue reading
Originally published on Ashcam
By Amir Basiri*
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first deadly attack by Iraqi security forces against Ashraf City, located in Iraq’s Diyala Province and home to thousands of Iranian refugees. Although the raid on the camp was perpetrated by the Iraqi government at the behest of the Iranian regime, the wrong decision and actions – or lack thereof – of the US government played a pivotal role in facilitating the tragedy that occurred five years ago on this day.
Ashraf, which had been inhabited by Iranian dissidents striving for an end to tyranny and suppression in their country, had been a perennial thorn in side of the Iranian regime, and a beacon of hope for millions of Iranian people living under the iron-fisted rule of the mullahs in Tehran. As an Ashrafi, I was proud to be part of a community that symbolised an Iran founded on the principles of freedom, democracy and equality – a nuclear-free Iran that would peacefully coexist with its neighbours in the region and all the nations of the world. Continue reading
On July 28-29, 2009, Iraqi forces stormed Camp Ashraf and murdered eleven defenseless residents while U.S. forces were still present at the camp and only observed the events as they unraveled. During the same attack, Iraqi forces abducted 36 of the residents.
It was only after 72 days of a hunger strike by the hostages, hundreds of Camp Ashraf residents, and Iranians across the world that the Iraqi government was forced to release the hostages, who by then were on the brink of death. Continue reading
NCRI – More than 13,000 Arab lawyers and judges have demanded improved security for the residents of Camp Liberty and a full investigation into the September 1, 2013, massacre at Camp Ashraf.
The joint statement published by Assembly of Independent Jurists For Defense of Human Rights in Iraq also calls on the United nations to deploy troops in Camp Liberty to provide daily protection for Iranian residents of Camp Liberty. Continue reading
Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the mullahs’ regime Security Council and Zohrevand, senior advisor of terrorist operations, in trip to Iraq demanded revocation of security and increasing pressure and suppressive measures for Liberty residents
According to reports received from within Iran, Shamkhani, the clerical regime’s Security Council Secretary and Qassem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Qods Force, and other accompanying Iranian Revolutionary Guards in meetings last week with Maliki and his national security adviser Faleh Fayyaz and other Iraqi political and security officials demanded increased pressure and intensification of suppressive measures against Liberty residents. Continue reading