The Iranian regime’s suppressive forces arrested some 500 Gonabadi dervishes Saturday morning, September 20. They planned to gather at 11 a.m. in front of Tehran’s Prosecutor’s Office in solidarity with the imprisoned dervishes who are on hunger strike. The families of the prisoners who are on strike and a large number of women and children are amongst the arrestees. They are requesting to meet their imprisoned families and relatives who are in critical condition after 21 days of hunger strike. They are saying that if their brothers are to be victimized in prison, they too would want to join them. Their sole crime is that they are dervish. Continue reading
Mullahs’ judiciary chief: Who is [the UN] Secretary-General to tell us stop the executions; these words are cheap, baseless and lack reasoning. Executions for corruption on earth is an internal matter.
On Thursday, September 17, 2014, at least 17 prisoners were hanged in cities across Iran, including five in public. The executions were carried out in cities of Shiraz, Marvdasht, Kerman and Bandar Abbas. A group of four prisoners were hanged in public in Shiraz while another group of eight sent to gallows in Shabab Prison in city of Kerman.
The Thursday’s executions followed reports of more executions that had been carried out in other cities in Iran. A group of seven young men, mostly in their 20s, were executed on September 10 in cities of Karaj and Hamadan. Continue reading
At 1:20 a.m, on 18 September 2014, Taghi Abbasian, a resident of Camp Libertyand member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOMEKI/) who was suffering from heart ailment and Motor Neurone Disease lost his life at the camp’s Iraqi clinic as a result of the anti-human medical siege on the camp and the lack of access to medical care.
He had been in ranks of PMOI for three decades in their struggle to overthrow the religious dictatorship ruling in Iran and to establish democracy and human rights.
As such, since 2009 that the United States transferred protection of Camp Ashraf to the Iraqi forces, twenty-one PMOI members in Ashraf and Liberty have passed away due to the medical blockade. A number of other patients who suffer from extremely serious diseases are in perilous situation due this criminal siege. Continue reading
By Ebrahim Seyyedi
I remember how in the mid-summer season of 2012, following attacks and raids carried out by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s special forces against Camp Ashraf (former home to around 3,000 Iranian refugees in Iraq) at the behest of the Iranian regime, lead to the vicious massacre of 36 of these refugees and hundreds of others being injured. Of course, all of the camp residents were recognized as ‘protected persons’ by the United States. Following this horrific crime, a quadrilateral agreement signed by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, US and the Iraqi governments, along with the residents’ representative, all Ashraf residents – who had lived in our traditional home in Ashraf for 25 years – relocated to Camp Liberty in Baghdad based on our trust in the United Nations as the highest international organization safeguarding human rights and international laws, and also the United States, who had both assumed responsibility regarding our safety and security. We were promised this camp would be a safe and temporary location for our resettlement to third countries to be safe from deadly attacks. However, it didn’t take long that in the winter of 2012, in the early morning hours of February 9th when we were asleep, all of a sudden and out of nowhere came a horrific missile attack resulting in 8 of our dearest friends losing their lives and dozens of other injured and wounded. Continue reading
Published on Washington Times
A bipartisan group of former officials and retired military officers is urging President Obama to provide humanitarian aid to hundreds of Iranian dissidents living at a former U.S. military compound near Baghdad’s international airport.
In an Aug. 28 letter to the president, the group said Iraq’s government has been blocking the delivery of food and medicine to the dissidents at Camp Liberty for about a week. Conditions at the refugee camp have been deteriorating rapidly as its exiled residents “are being denied proper means to sustain life.” Continue reading
In a statement released on September 8, 2014, the International Federation of Blue Cross & Blue Crescent Societies, which is constituted of 31 associations, NGOs & parties from across the world, urged the UN & U.S. to provide safety and security by Camp Liberty residents and act immediately to end inhumane siege against the camp imposed by the government of Iraq.
the statement follows:
PRESS RELEASE – 8 SEPTEMBER 2014
Call by 31 Associations, NGOs and Parties from 5 continents to United Nations and the United States to provide safety and security of Camp Liberty residents, and their prompt intervention to revoke the inhumane siege enforced on this Camp
Government of Iraq has imposed a complete blockade on Camp Liberty since 23 days ago
Following the siege imposed on Camp Liberty, situated near Baghdad’s International Airport, by the Government of Iraq, 31 Non-Governmental Organizations and parties have addressed UN Secretary General and US administration by sending them letters and statements in which they have demanded the Government of Iraq to put an end to the brutal blockade imposed on Iranian dissidents residing at Camp Liberty. Continue reading
It has been 28 days that the Iraqi forces have intensified the inhumane siege on Camp Liberty at the behest of the Iranian regime. On Monday September 8, the Iraqi forces once again prevented the fuel tanker from entering the camp and forcibly returned it to the airport area from the camp entrance.
Thus, in the past five weeks only four fuel tankers have entered the camp, that provide less than 10 percent of the minimum needed fuel for the camp. This is while Liberty is not connected to the power grid and the entire infrastructure and vital installations rely on electricity generated by the generators. Continue reading