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
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
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
Iraqi forces are preventing the delivery of fuel to Iranians refugees in Camp Liberty, impeding the transfer of critically ill patients to hospitals.
According to reports and documents obtained from inside the Iranian regime by the Iranian Resistance, Nouri al-Maliki’sNational Security Advisor has ordered repressive Iraqi forces in Camp Liberty to intensify the pressure on and blockade the Iranian refugees in the camp.
The repressive measures include limiting resident’s access to outside the camp as much as possible, and taking measures to make residents feel unsafe in the camp. Continue reading
In the case of the somewhat more publicly visible negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations, there remains a common thread of optimism in public statements, but this stands in contrast to others indicating that compromise will not be forthcoming from the Iranian side. According to the AFP, Iranian officials still claim to be committed to securing a final agreement before the extended November 24 deadline. But those same officials are unwilling to review their negotiating position, or depending on how one interprets their comments, they may be unwilling to make any concessions whatsoever.
“We are entering with goodwill into further negotiations with the P5+1 group and we want to reach an agreement… but we are not willing to pay any price,” said Iranian negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi. Continue reading
In an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on August 15, Alaadin Boroujerdi, head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, described the issues of Iran’s nuclear program negotiations, homeland security, and security interventions in Iraq and Syria.
On the nuclear issue and ongoing negotiations with 5+1, Boroujerdi said the decision making body is the Supreme National Security Council and the Foreign Ministry is just a “moderator” in the nuclear negotiations. “On the nuclear issue, the Supreme National Security Council makes the decisions and effectively formulates guidelines for the negotiation team,” Boroujerdi said and emphasized, “This means that the decisions are transferred to the Foreign Ministry and the negotiating team is a moderator for the decisions in the diplomatic arena in the nuclear negotiations.” 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