Necessity of urgent action to protect Iranian refugees in Iraq
On Sunday, May 18, the head of the Iranian regime’s judiciary, criminal mullah Sadeq Larijani, who is the person directly responsible for daily tortures and group executions ongoing in Iran, in his meeting with the head of Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council requested that members of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Iraq to be “returned to Iran to face fair trials since if they are not tried that would be against justice”!
The absurd request by Larijani for the extradition of Iranian refugees who are under international protection, before all else, demonstrates the fear and helplessness of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran from the popular rage and discontent and the growing popular support for the PMOI.
In order to foment an atmosphere of terror and fright, the clerical regime has found the sole avenue in the massacre of PMOI members that through their perseverance are a source of inspiration for Iranian people’s struggle.
In nine declarations since September 2011 and in numerous press releases, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has emphasized on the inclusion of Camp Liberty residents in the non-refoulement principle. In its latest statement of 6 May 2014, UNHCR has accentuated: “UNHCR further underlines that camp residents are entitled to protection against expulsion or forced return to any place where their life or freedom would be threatened. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations explicitly recognises that residents benefit from the principle of non-refoulement.”
Here, we have a regime calling for the implementation of justice, that has executed or killed under torture 120,000 political prisoners, most of whom PMOI members and supporters, and that according to its penal code, any association with the PMOI is considered Moharebeh (“enmity towards God”) which is punishable by death. In 1988, Khomeini issued a Fatwa that “those who are in prisons throughout the country and remain steadfast in their support for the Monafeqin [PMOI], are Mohareb and condemned to be executed”.
According to this Fatwa, 30,000 political prisoners were massacred. So far with the help of its subordinate government in Iraq, the clerical regime has organized six deadly attacks on Ashraf and Camp Liberty, killed 116 of their residents, injured over 1300, and imposed a tyrannical siege, especially a medical blockade, on Ashraf and Camp Liberty since 2009 that has resulted in twenty residents losing their lives.
The crimes of the religious fascism ruling Iran is the greatest crime since World War II that its perpetrators have not been brought to justice. The Iranian people and their Resistance call for the referral of this file to the International Criminal Court and for the trial of this regime’s leaders.
While warning that the statements by Larijani betray the ominous intents of this regime to conduct another bloodbath in Camp Liberty, the Iranian Resistance calls on the U.S. government and the United Nations to immediately condemn the statements by mullahs’ head of Judiciary and to adopt urgent and effective measures to protect Camp Liberty residents. This is essential according to their repeated and written commitments concerning the safety and security of Camp Liberty residents. Silence in face of these statements that breach many international laws and conventions emboldens this regime and its proxies in Iraq in their crimes against Camp Liberty.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 19, 2014