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U.S. Senator John McCain sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday to raise concerns about Iranian opposition members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, whose lives are increasingly at risk as the security situation in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad, continues to deteriorate.
Iraqi parliamentarian Hassan Khozair Shoyred from the al-Watania Coalition stated that Camp Liberty residents have the right of access to food, medicine and secure lodging and that their patients need to receive normal treatment in the hospitals. He emphasized that the residents’ human rights need to be guaranteed.
According to the Aswat al-Hurra Website, Shoyred added: “Our position in the al-Watania faction headed by Dr. Ayad Allawi that the human rights of camp’s residents have to be respected has been lucid from day one.” He stated that the international covenants rule the relation between Camp Liberty residents and the Iraqi government and as such, the residents of this camp have to be treated according to these laws.
Statement issued today by The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe:
"The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe once again draws the attention of the international community to the situation of Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty (Iraq).
Al-Tagheer TV, September 27, 2014
Iranian political refugees are living in a prison-like camp in Iraq where they have been placed under siege since two years ago when they arrived there [from Camp Ashraf]. This is the situation of members of the Iranian Resistance in Camp Liberty located near Baghdad Airport that is home to over 2,000 people.
Statement by: NGOs International Educational Development, Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and Women’s Human Rights International Association (WHRIA):
On Thursday, September 18, in a conference in the margins of the current Human Rights Council in Geneva, political figures, representatives of international organizations and the Swiss parliament called the sanctions and restrictions imposed on Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty illegal as illegal and inhumane. They warned of the dangerous consequences of these sanctions and restrictions and called on the United States, the United Nations, and the Government of Iraq to respect their commitments vis-à-vis the refugees in Camp Liberty.
Speech by General David Phillips at a conference entitled "Middle East in Crisis: Challenges & opportunities, the Iranian Threat" held in Washington D.C. on August 30, 2014, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the massacre of 52 members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on September 1, 2013 by Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki: