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Lawmakers, experts decry Iraq’s siege on Camp Liberty

NCRI – In an online panel on July, 20 2015, three international dignitaries participated in an online Q & A session about the Iranian regime’s role in an inhumane food and fuel blockage against thousands of members of Iran’s main opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedeen-e Khalq, MEK), in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

The three speakers were Norwegian politician, Lars Rise; former Senior Member on the National Security Council staff at the White House, Professor Raymond Tanter; and Lord Ken Maginnis, a member of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.

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Mr. Rise expressed that the situation in Iran is very worrying as the regime is “acting in extreme desperation”. There are more executions than ever before and the situation is worsening.

When asked about why Western powers seem to be doing very little to help Camp Liberty residents, Mr. Rise said that too many of them are listening to the Iranian regime. They are relying on information that has been provided by the regime –the same regime that has a history of telling lies and providing false information.

One immediate course of action that should be taken, according to Rise, is that authorities in France, the UK and Germany (among other countries), should contact the top leadership of the United Nations and find out more information about how the UN office in Iraq, UNAMI, is operating with regards to Camp Liberty.

Mr. Rise emphasised to viewers the absolute importance of the continuation of spreading information about what is happening in Iran, what is happening in Iraq at Camp Liberty, and what is happening with UNAMI.

He stated that he believes that the UK is afraid of provoking the regime in Iran, but it is their responsibility, and the responsibility of other Western powers, to act on protecting the PMOI (MEK) members in Camp Liberty or at least helping to end the blockage with immediate effect.

Mr. Rise closed by saying that the US government has a special responsibility to act as it was the US that sent documents of guarantee of safety to each PMOI (MEK) member in the camp. If they do not follow up, he questions: “How can we trust the US after this?”

Professor Raymond Tanter provided some of the findings of research he has been conducting. He found that official Arab state leaders were conciliatory towards the regime, with the exception being the Saudis who were less forthcoming. He also highlighted that Bashar al-Assad was the first in leading the celebrations over the nuclear deal with the regime in Iran.

When asked about a possible solution to rectifying the nuclear deal, Prof. Tanter suggested that a team be set up in Congress to provide them with alternative intelligence. He said this is essential because the Iranian regime will cheat in the future, like it has done so often in the past, so there needs to be some sort of vetting of information.

Regarding the consequences of the nuclear deal, Prof. Tanter said it will institutionalize the slaughter of Sunnis and give rise to even greater domination to the regime.

Prof. Tanter also mentioned the process for the inspection of potential nuclear sites. He finds it incredulous that the regime is given so much power in this respect. In fact, he considers it pointless as the regime will be given several weeks’ notice to destroy evidence, lie, cheat and conduct cover-ups, like it has done so many times in the past.

Regarding moderation in Iran, he acknowledges that there is no such thing. He says the idea of moderation in Iran is a “fantasy” and believes that it will only be recognized as such by many world leaders once the nuclear deal fails.

Prof. Tanter ended by repeating what he has said many times before: sessions like this Q & A are a great help in raising awareness of the situation in Iran.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass emphasised the role of major governments in the current situation in Iran and in Iraq at Camp Liberty. He firstly recognized that his own government in the UK had a serious lack of knowledge on the subject. But he is outraged that the Foreign Office is not doing more to become informed about it.

He praised Albania for accepting a group of the Camp Liberty refugees, and applauded their sense of justice and humanity, but described the UK’s lack of action in comparison as disappointing.

Lord Maginnis said that his country was a “participant by neglect”. It has shown a lack of compassion, especially in the week that the nuclear deal was signed, as they knew critical supplies were being prevented from entering Camp Liberty.

On the situation of UNAMI, he said that the UK was covering up the humanitarian aspects of what is happening in Iraq as they are not pressing UNAMI for factual information. He states that as a loyal UK citizen he is “ashamed” that his country is turning a blind eye to the horrifying events.

He also said he is ashamed that the UK and US government “appear to be cloaking” information and evidence that the Iranian Resistance have been working so hard to provide.

He praised Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance on their critical role in exposing what is happening in the Iranian regime. He said that without Mrs Rajavi’s group “we would have much less factual information”.

He ended with the statement: “I do not want to see us hiding away from our international responsibilities. We have a duty to do something.”