By Nasrin Feizi, Camp Liberty
A few weeks ago, we held a ceremony in honor of Taghi Abbasian, who lost his life as a result of the medical siege imposed on Camp Liberty, where I live with 3,000 other Iranian dissidents who seek freedom in their country. At the same time I came to a statement issued by Amnesty International. The statement warned the Iranian regime for depriving its sick political prisoners of receiving medical treatments in hospitals outside prison. The statement also mentioned names of some prisoners who were in severe health conditions.
I am a woman who has spent ten years in the Iranian regime’s prisons before coming to Camp Ashraf, and when I speak about prison-making in Camp Liberty, I feel it deep inside.
The regime imposed similar restrictions inside prisons. We were never permitted to be visited by specialists outside the prison. I can remember many of inmates who lost their lives just because they were deprived medical treatments. Many of us in Camp Liberty are still suffering of chronic pains which remain from our years in prison. As a matter of fact, all these events create a huge paradox in my mind in respect with U.S. and UN authorities. How can you name a regime like Iran as the world’s first violator of human rights, while at the same time put its opposition force under a medical siege that claims the lives of patients regularly?
I wonder how United Nations, UN high Commission for Refugees, UN High Commission for Human Rights and the US government respond to this inconsistency. Almost 1,000 of Mujahedin residing in camp Liberty are victims of torture in the Iranian regime’s dungeons. They now have to stay in a camp that its management, affiliated to the Iranian Embassy, has turned the camp into a prison. Every few weeks they witness the death of one of their loved ones. While they are the true examples of political refugees defined under the 4th Geneva Convention.
I find it my historic duty to stand to the end for the freedom of my captivated country from the ruling Mullahs, no matter if I’m jailed in Evin or Gohardasht or Ghezel Hessar prisons where the torturers did not let me use medical facilities when I needed, or here at Camp Liberty where before our departure from Ashraf UN and United States guaranteed all my human rights but did not respect any of them. Worst of all is the medical siege imposed on us by stooges of the Iranian regime and still no practical action has been taken to remove it.
No doubt, history will judge Camp Liberty, now under the most inhuman medical siege. The international Community will have to answer one day that what crime did the residents committed that made them punishable by such inhuman misconducts.
History has always been a just judge. This can never be doubted.