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
By: Mohsen Sardary
A report by London Economist estimated the amount of funds, regime of Iran spent on nuclear projects as more than 300 milliard Dollars. This report was published a few months ago and today we should deal with a much more striking number. Despite all that money– which, of course, resulted to more impoverished Iranian population – Khamenei had to retreat from his declared, redlines he had repeatedly insisted on over the past 12 years. It seems relevant that the regime discharges its defeat on its foes, the residents of Camp Liberty, in Iraq.
Call for putting an end to violations of the MoU that the US and the EU had supported and guaranteed
On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Iraqi forces associated with the governmental committee tasked to suppress the Camp Liberty residents that is controlled by Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh Fayyad obstructed the entry of clothes bought by the residents into Camp Liberty. The Iraqi agents stated that they have been ordered to prevent clothes from entering the camp. They stalled the vehicle carrying the clothes and returned it after a few hours without even inspecting the vehicle. The residents had informed UNAMI in advance of the purchase of the clothes and their delivery to Camp Liberty.
Political prisoner and human rights activist Ms. Nargess Mohammadi remains medically uncared for despite her deteriorating conditions. Yesterday, following eight hours of muscle paralysis, she was transferred to a hospital outside prison. However, despite the insistence of the physicians that she needs medical care, she was returned back to Evin Prison while partially unconscious.
The Iranian regime’s henchmen on Sunday hanged a Kurdish political prisoner in the central prison of the city of Tabriz, northwest Iran, without informing his family.
Sirvan Nezhavi, was arrested on July 5, 2011 in the city of Karaj and was charged with ‘Moharebeh’ (waging war on God) for membership in a Kurdish group that opposes the Iranian regime.
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.
The siege and antihuman restrictions imposed on Camp Liberty, the heat wave in Iraq in the recent days that is among the hottest places on earth, has the Liberty residents face excruciating conditions and several fold problems. See a short video about Camp Liberty condition here.