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Maryam Rajavi - US and UN must keep promise to protect Camp Liberty from more deadly attacks

Maryam Rajavi - US and UN must keep promise to protect Camp Liberty from more deadly attacks | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United Nations and the US must honour their promises to protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty, who are enduring constant abuses of their human rights and daily threat of deadly attacks, Iranian Resistance leaderMaryam Rajavi has told a conference in Geneva.

Mrs Rajavi also condemned the silence of the international community over 'catastrophic condition of repression' in Iran and the soaring rate of executions and medieval punishments under 'moderate' president Hassan Rouhani.

She warned that the UN's failure to carry out an independent investigation into the massacre of 52 Camp Ashraf residents on September 1, 2013, was giving a 'green light' to dictators in Iran and Iraq for more killings....

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'Don't turn Camp Liberty into a prison for Ashraf residents'

'Don't turn Camp Liberty into a prison for Ashraf residents' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The initial area allocated to the residents in Camp Liberty has reduced by 80 times and the living conditions in the camp are far less than initially proposed. The limited area is becoming enclosed by concrete walls; it is insisted that Iraqi police should be present inside the camp; freedom of movement is not allowed; there are increasing restrictions for the residents such as not being allowed to transfer their vehicles to Camp Liberty and to send a team of Ashraf technicians in order to assess the conditions of the camp. This will be a forcible relocation to a prison.

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Camp Ashraf: Iraq and UN sign Iran exile pact

Camp Ashraf:  Iraq and UN sign Iran exile pact | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Iraq and the United Nations agree to re-settle more than 3,000 Iranian exiles who have been based at a refugee camp near Baghdad since the 1980s.
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Iranian mullahs terrified by a peaceful resolution for Ashraf

Iranian mullahs terrified by a peaceful resolution for Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The nationalistic and religious leaders of Iraq had already declared that a gauge to know Iraqi political forces is their relationship with Iran and any force trying to expel the PMOI from Iraq, has a systematic and organic relation with Iran and is a part of it.

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World needs to act on Camp Ashraf

The 3,400 men and women residents in Camp Ashraf were there when the U.S.-led coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003. They stayed completely neutral. After the downfall of the Saddam Hussein government, they were protected by U.S. forces in return for voluntarily accepting complete disarmament.

The United States designated them as protected persons under the Geneva Conventions. Every one of the residents received written assurance by a U.S. official that they would be protected until their final disposition. The United States gave them its word.

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Iraq's refusal to allow UNHCR refugee status determination of the residents leaves no doubt that it has no intention of resolving this crisis peacefully and is planning to carry out the mullahs' demand that Ashraf be demolished and its residents annihilated -- because Tehran knows full well that they represent its democratic and viable opposition.

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Iraq signs 'death warrant' on Iran exiles

Iraq signs 'death warrant' on Iran exiles | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Iraq has served a virtual "death warrant" on some 3,400 Iranian dissidents exiled in a camp north of Baghdad, the head of the European parliament's delegation for relations with Iraq says.
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Iranian Protest in front of State Department - July 15, 2011

http://fb.com/campashraf Protest in front of the United States Department of State to delist the main Iranian opposition, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK/PMOI) - ...


Defend Ashraf ...... Delist MEK !
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Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents

Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International - Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents...
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Iraqi Forces Involvement in Camp Liberty Attack Confirmed

Iraqi Forces Involvement in Camp Liberty Attack Confirmed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Deadly Attack on Camp Liberty

The initial investigation into deadly attack on Camp Liberty on 9th of February confirms that Iraqi security systems were involved in the attack which left 7 dead and over a 100 injured, an Iraqi website reported.

 

Voice of Iraq radio quoted a member of the Investigation Committee in the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday (February 17) on the condition of anonymity that: "The investigation includes commanders of the military forces responsible for the security of the region where camp Liberty is located."

He confirmed that members of the Iraqi National Coalition (the coalition forming the Iraqi government of Nouri Al-Maliki) is preventing the investigation on the attack and have a tendency to put the blame on the terrorists."

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"The Iraqi National Coalition tried to put the blame on so called Mokhtar Army, but other committee members reject the idea and consider the Iraqi Security systems is responsible."

Colonel Wesley Martin, chief anti-terrorism officer in Iraq, in his speech at a conference in Paris on the 11th of February stated:

Rocket Attack a Professional Military Operation

 

"Please allow me also to speak not only as a former camp commander of Ashraf but as the first anti-terrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq.

This rocket attack was a professional military operation. It could not have been done by a militia or a rogue element. To land scores of rockets in such a small location requires reconnaissance, ground surveys and a lot of practice. This was a Quds force operation working with the Maliki government.

Now we have Kobler asking Maliki to investigate the event. That equates to asking Adolf Hitler to investigate the Holocaust."

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PROFESSOR ALAN DERSHOWITZ – A Human Rights Emergency: Camp Ashraf

PROFESSOR ALAN DERSHOWITZ – A Human Rights Emergency:  Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I'm Alan Dershowitz, Professor at Harvard Law School. I'm here to tell you that we are in a human rights emergency. This is no longer an academic issue. This is no longer an issue that we have time to ponder and consider. We are in a real emergency.

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The risks to the lives of every single member of the MEK, ever single resident of Camp Ashraf, are immediate, real, clear and present. There is no time for further discussion and debate. We must take action. And the action we must take is twofold.

Number 1, the MEK must immediately be delisted. That is required by law. It's required for morality and it is required by facts of the case. The United States Court of Appeals has issued an order demanding that the State Department reconsider. 

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And as my friend Elie Weisel, who has told me to say that he cares deeply, deeply about the residents of Camp Ashraf reminds me over and over again for him the main lesson in the holocaust has always been, take the threats of your enemies more seriously than the promises of your friends. Now we are friends with people at Camp Ashraf. We, as a government, the United States has made promises. We are not keeping those promises. It is a scandal that the United States is not keeping its promise.

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Lord Ken Maginnis on Camp Ashraf - Paris 20 Jan 2012

Lord Ken Maginnis, member of UK House of Lords, speaks at an international conference held in Paris on 20 January 2012.
In an international conference held in Paris on Friday, January 20, at the invitation of the CFID (French Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran), distinguished American and European dignitaries warned of the compulsory transfer of Ashraf residents to Camp Liberty that the Iraqi government is turning into a prison. While the conference censured Iraq for the continuous breach of its obligations to the United Nations and the United States, including violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), it expressed its concern of Iranian regime's conspiracies to defeat the peaceful resolution to the Ashraf crisis. The conference called on the UN, U.S., and the EU to adopt urgent action to break the Iraqi-shaped deadlock and revitalize the peaceful solution. Speakers denounced maintenance of the illegal terrorist tag on the PMOI/MEK by the U.S. State Department iterating that this unjust label that faces a broad opposition in U.S. and worldwide, is the principal element in the massacre of Ashraf residents and the main obstacle to residents' relocation to third countries which makes the U.S. all the more responsible for the situation in Ashraf.

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U.S. urges Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf to accept U.N. plan

U.S. urges Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf to accept U.N. plan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

U.S. officials Monday urged an Iranian dissident group to accept a U.N. plan to move its followers to a new location within Iraq, a step that could end a long standoff between the group and the Iraqi government.

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As described by the U.S. officials, the U.N. plan would move the residents to a location near the Baghdad airport, where the United Nations would monitor them and process them for possible resettlement as refugees.

 

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Avoiding Another Srebrenica at Ashraf in Iraq

Avoiding Another Srebrenica at Ashraf in Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, al-Maliki’s words are hollow. Four days before the second massacre at Ashraf, he assured American diplomats in Baghdad that he would not attack the camp. Last week, AFP reported that he had called Ashraf residents a “criminal gang”.

...Ashraf residents have been designated as protected persons by the United States under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Iraqi government under international law was required to take over the protection of all residents under the Convention when the Americans left Ashraf. ...

The time for humanitarian action to avoid another Srebrenica in Iraq is now.

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The Iraqi Government’s Declaration of War on the UN and Death Warrant for Ashraf Residents

The Iraqi Government’s Declaration of War on the UN and Death Warrant for Ashraf Residents | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
US, EU, UN’s Grave Responsibility to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe in Ashraf The Iraqi Embassy in Brussels has notified the European Parliament of the position of the Iraqi Government on the is...
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A little ditty 'bout Iraq and Iran | Camp Ashraf

A little ditty 'bout Iraq and Iran | Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Though a large number of exiles now in power in Baghad have strong ties to Iran, it’s equally true that the Iraqi people as a whole are more likely to remember the Iran-Iraq War — especially those taught about it in school — of the eighties. As Iraqis are killed and displaced while Iran violates Iraq’s sovereignty in its pursuit of PJAK, don’t be surprised if Nouri’s image collapses even more. All he really had going for him was the (false) claim that he could provide security. As the last months have demonstrated, he can’t provide it internally and he’s now allowing Iraq to be invaded by another country.
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Amnesty International: Iraq Should Cease Harassment of Iranian Exiles in Ashraf | Camp Ashraf

Amnesty International: Iraq Should Cease Harassment of Iranian Exiles in Ashraf | Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Stop Fundamentalism- World’s human rights body, Amnesty International, in a public statement released on 23 July, urged the government of Iraq to cease harassments of the residents in Camp Ashraf who are Iranian exiles and members of the Iran’s main opposition movement Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI).

The rights body also called on Iraq to ensure resident’s “unhindered access to medical care and humanitarian needs.”
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Spanish court looks to quiz Iraq’s prime minister in probe into killings of Iranians exiles

Spanish court looks to quiz Iraq’s prime minister in probe into killings of Iranians exiles | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MADRID — A Spanish judge wants to question Iraq’s prime minister and three Iraqi army officers in a probe into the killing of Iranians exiled in Iraq.
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