NCRI - The chairman of the foreign affairs committee of Iraq’s Parliament has said that several thousand members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e-Khalq, MEK), in Camp Liberty, Baghdad, should be treated in accordance with international law, the Palestinian website Donya al-Watan has said in report. The following is the full text of the report:
Donya al-Watan website - July 26, 2015
NCRI - Tuesday marks the 6th anniversary of the Nuri Maliki-led Iraqi government's massacre at Camp Ashraf which left 11 members of the main Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK), killed and nearly 500 wounded, and a further 36 camp residents taken hostage.
On July 28-29, 2009, the Iraqi Army under the direct order of Iraqi dictator Nuri al-Maliki attacked the unarmed and defenseless Camp Ashraf residents.
The unprovoked attack on the group of refugees drew widespread condemnation from international lawmakers, human rights organizations and religious personalities.
"The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) last week condemned the Iraqi government for ordering its forces to prevent the entry of goods, fuel, and septic tanks to an Iranian refugee camp at Baghdad airport. Camp Liberty, a former US base, is where 3000 members of the Iranian opposition group the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) are housed," the Christian weekly Church Times wrote.
While the world’s attention is fixed on the weak nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on Iran's nuclear program, a humanitarian crisis is brewing for thousands of Iranian refugees in Iraq, writes Struan Stevenson.
Mr. Stevenson, a former Member of the European Parliament, wrote on Wednesday in EurActiv that US President Barack Obama last week "swept aside all warnings and fears, and signed an agreement that effectively ends sanctions on the Iranian regime and releases up to $150 billion of assets that were previously frozen. The West gets virtually nothing but empty promises in return."
In a letter today to the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the US families of the residents of Camp Liberty, called for his urgent intervention to avert a humanitarian crisis at the Camp in light of the Iraqi Government's imposition of further restrictions on the residents over the past few days, clearly at the behest of the regime in Tehran.
"Since July 14, 2015, Iraqi security forces have prevented the entry of food, fuel and septic tankers into Camp Liberty. The Camp is currently on the brink of a humanitarian crisis because all its infrastructure, including water supply, sewage, and cooling systems as well as cooking and kitchen facilities depend on the electricity produced by power generators. As such, preventing delivery of fuel to the Camp, would result in a complete halt to all the Camp's life-support systems as temperature rise to 120oF in Iraq," USCCAR letter states.
NCRI - The former Foreign Minister of France Bernard Kouchner has condemned the Iraqi government’s “disgraceful” blockade since last Tuesday of food and fuel to Camp Liberty in Iraq which houses thousands of members of Iran’s main opposition group.
Camp Liberty, located near Baghdad International Airport, is home to members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (or Mujahadeen-e-Khalq, MEK) who have been recognized by the United Nations as ‘asylum seekers’ and ‘people of concern.’
NCRI - The Australian Supporters of Democracy in Iran on Sturday condemned in the strongest terms the blockage by Iraqi security forces of fuel, food and sanitation services to Camp Liberty, near Baghdad Airport, home to Iranian dissidents.
“Despite the scorching 50 degree heat which has forced the Iraqi government to shut down all state institutions, Iraqi forces are preventing the entry of diesel fuel, petrol and septic tankers and food trucks into the camp. This is an attempt to torture the Camp Liberty residents,” said spokesperson Mr Mohammad Sadeghpour.
An online conference and Q&A will be held on Monday on the Iranian regime’s role on the blockade of entry of food and fuel tankers in Camp Liberty, Iraq, which houses thousands of members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or MEK).
On the orders of Iraq’s National Security Advisor Faleh Fayyad, despite the scorching 50°C heat, in an attempt to torment Camp Liberty residents, Iraqi forces at Gate 4 of Baghdad International Airport since Tuesday have prevented the entry of diesel fuel, petrol and septic tankers and food trucks into the camp.
NCRI – The United Nations must take urgent action to force the government of Iraq to lift a food, fuel and sanitary blockade which it has imposed against thousands of members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin, PMOI (Mujahideen e Khalq, MEK), since last Tuesday, says Struan Stevenson, a former European lawmaker with specialized expertise on Iraqi affairs.
Mr. Stevenson, a former President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq and current President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA), says it is an “absolute disgrace” that the United Nations “simply washes its hands, turns its back and walks away” from the human rights crisis facing PMOI (MEK) members in Camp Liberty.