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Rajavi Calls for Buttressing the Movement Against Fundamentalism

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March 7, 2015 (Berlin) – On the eve of International Women’s Day, representatives from five continents gathered at the For Tolerance and Equality against Fundamentalism and Misogyny conference. The conference focused on ending fundamentalism Islam and the oppression it represents for woman by the ending of appeasement strategy with Iran.
Delegates included President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the Iranian Resistance, a delegation from Syria’s opposition, parliament members from Arabic countries, and representative from the United States, including Linda Chavez, former White House Director of Public Liaison, and Frances Townsend, Assistant to U.S. President on Homeland Security & Counterterrorism (2004-2008).
Other notable personalities were Rudy Guilani, former Mayor of New York, Bernard Kouchner, former Foreign Minister (2007-2010), from France, and Giulio Maria Terzi, Foreign Minister (2011-2013), from Italy.
Speakers discussed Camp Liberty in Iraq, including lack of basic necessities and medical care. Camp Liberty in Iraq currently houses dissidents from Iran. On January 30, 2015, 100 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in a written declaration urged Europe, USA, and UN that "Camp Liberty, home to Iranian exiles in Iraq, be recognized as refugee camp under supervision of UNHCR and specially medical and fuel siege be ended."
Several delegates tied women’s rights to human rights, siting impressive political, educational and economic gains, while pointing out that these gains have not been universal. Globally women’s rights and freedoms still lag behind or are non-existent.
Rajavi focused on the Middle East and fundamentalism which is undermining women’s rights. She talked about how women’s power and leadership is critical in overcoming this fundamentalism. “Today, women’s plight in the Middle East is entirely entwined with insecurity, oppression, homelessness, murder and servitude. Far beyond the Middle East, fundamentalism is now threatening Europe and other regions across the globe,” said Rajavi. “Women’s power is the greatest challenger to Islamic fundamentalism.”
Throughout the conference, support of equal rights for women and challenging the Iranian mullahs was held up as critical to a successful end of fundamental Islam. “As such, silence vis-à-vis the Iranian regime’s meddling in Syria, Iraq and other regional countries, let alone collaborating with it under the pretext of confronting ISIS, represents a strategic mistake,” said Rajavi, referring to Iran as the godfather of terrorism.
Rita Süssmuth, former President of Bundestag, spoke on how silence is contributing to the oppression of women and others. Speaking out against the violation of human rights is critical. Politicians need compromise, but must work against appeasement of Iran. Democratic Islam is a struggle for human rights, as various delegates pointed out throughout the conference. Again and again, speakers pointed out how the state of women is tied to human rights and is an issue for both men and women.
“Berlin knows about oppression and a lack of human rights,” said Giuliani, pointing to the struggles with Nazism and Communism. He recounted historical examples of how appeasement works against the ending of oppression, tying it to the current situation with Iran. Giuliani said believing the mullahs of Iran wanting peaceful use of nuclear power is “stupid and a path to war.” Rouhani isn’t a reformer, as the civil rights of women are still being taken away and the laws contradict international laws on human rights. Violence against women is legal in Iran, said Maria Candida Almida, General Prosecutor of Portugal.
The conference delegates spoke against Iran as a source of fundamentalism and against appeasement with Iran, siting many examples of abuse against human rights. “You cannot democracy without the advancement of women,” said Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada.
Speakers also spoke out against the United States policy of negotiation with Iran on the narrow issue of nuclear power, pointing out continues its human rights abuses against its people. Ingrid Betancourt, former member of Senate & Presidential candidate, from Colombia, protested that the media are not focusing on women being sold as animals. She also protested against the silence in the Western nations against Iran. “War is not an option,” said Betancourt. Instead she focused on how the use of economics and sanctions can have a greater effect in promoting change, pointing to the lower cost of oil reducing Iran’s ability to raise funds.
Sarah Kaiser, an international jazz and soul singer and native of Berlin, preformed as part of the program.

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Maryam Rajavi, Iranian opposition leader: strongly criticized a role for Iran in combating ISIS

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On Monday, Maryam Rajavi, attended the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg upon the invitation of two major political groups: the European People’s Party Group (EPP) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

 

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has a total of 642 members from 47 member states. In general it meets for one week 4 times per year at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg.

 

The Iranian opposition leader warned: “The Iranian regime’s participation in the anti-ISIS coalition is a hundred times more dangerous than any form of Islamic fundamentalism, under the cloak of Shiite or Sunni Islam,” since that participation would “provide the regime the room to act and to go on the offensive and engulf other regional countries in death and devastation.”

 

She addressed and responded to questions from the two groups in their official meetings regarding the threats posed by Islamic fundamentalism and extremism and ways to confront them.

                              

Recent terror incidents in France and Belgium have contributed to heightening of concerns regarding Islamic fundamentalism and the threat it poses in Europe. Rajavi met to discuss this issue with several senior officials of the Council during her visit.

 

In assessing the role of Tehran in the crisis of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism Rajavi said: “In recent months, the expansion of ISIS has created great concern in the international community. But without the existence of a fundamentalist power, the intellectual and ideological breathing space for the emergence and expansion of such a group would not have existed.”  She added, “Were it not for the ruthless suppression of the Sunnis in Iraq and Syria by the Iranian regime and its puppet government in Iraq, ISIS would have never emerged in that country. It was the actions of the Bashar Assad regime which indirectly paved the way for the formation and expansion of ISIS in Syria.”  

 

Rajavi was also the keynote speaker at a special meeting of senior members of the PACE from various countries and political groups. Members from the U.K., Finland, Italy, and Spain spoke at the meeting.

 

The Iranian opposition leader has addressed political groups at the European Parliament and at the PACE on several occassions, and she has frequently outlined her vision of the necessary elements of a successful strategy for confronting the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. In her most recent speech, she specifically highlighted eviction of the Iranian regime from Syria, the overthrow of the Assad regime, eviction of the Iranian regime, the Qods Force and its Shiite militias from Iraq, and insisting on democratic and tolerant Islam against fundamentalist interpretations, whether Shiite or Sunni,” as necessary elements of a successful strategy in confronting Islamic fundamentalism.”

 

Rajavi criticized the West for showing weakness in its handling of the Iranian regime’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and she warned that by partnering with the regime in the fight against ISIS or by allowing it to meddle in Iraq and Syria, the West would only be encouraging Tehran to further take advantage of that weakness.

 

“Some policymakers, though out of naiveté, deliberately seek to accept the regime’s interference in Iraq to encourage it in abandoning its nuclear weapons,” she said. “But if the mullahs become more aggressive in Iraq, they will not abandon their quest for a nuclear bomb.”

 

According to Rajavi the ultimate solution in dealing with the crisis of Islamic fundamentalism “lies in the overthrow of the Iranian regime as the epicenter of fundamentalism and terrorism. Indeed, with the regime's downfall, al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah or Houthis will no longer present a serious threat to peace and democracy, will be deprived of power and influence, and will ultimately turn into isolated and inconsequential groups.” 

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Maryam Rajavi: Terrorist attacks in Paris fundamentally incongruent with Islam

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Gathering titled “In 2015, all for tolerance and democracy against religious extremism” Maryam Rajavi: Terrorist attacks in Paris fundamentally incongruent with Islam that advocates tolerance and coexistence. The only path to confront...
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In her remarks, Rajavi enumerated a number of hideous acts of Islamic fundamentalists in recent times and said “Neither the abduction of school girls in Nigeria, nor the murder of children in Pakistan, nor the everyday hanging of prisoners, nor splashing acid on the eyes and faces of women in Iran, nor beheading western nationals, nor the sectarian killing of Sunnis in Iraq and nor the massacres in Paris have anything to do with Islam.”

Regarding attack on journalist and writes, the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran called it “a barbarity that Khomeini first laid the basis for by his fatwa against British writer Salman Rushdie.”

Rajavi was the keynote speaker at a major conference on Sunday afternoon in Pontoise, northern Paris.

Scores of political figures including Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Rama Yade, former Advisor to French Foreign Minister on Human Rights; legislators from France and several European counties, and French mayors addressed the conference.

Bishop Jacques Gaillot from France, and Dr. Taissir Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of Palestine were the two prominent religious figures at the event titled “In 2015, all for tolerance and democracy against religious extremism.”

Earlier on Sunday central Paris was the scene of a huge rally against the terror attack on the French Weekly, Chalie Hebdo.

More than a million and up to three million Paris residents took part in the rally. Dozens of heads of states and leaders from all over the world converged in Paris to take part in the demonstration.

In her remarks Rajavi underscored the solidarity of the Iranian people with the great demonstration of people of France. On behalf of the Iranian Resistance that 120,000 of its members have lost their lives in the fight against religious fascism, she expressed solidarity with the families of the victims. 

The opposition leader who advocates a tolerant and democratic Islam elaborated  on the roots of Islamic fundamentalism in recent times and said: “  “Indeed, the existence of the rule of terror, barbarism and fundamentalism in Tehran is the driving force behind all extremist forces who invoke the name of Islam. From Iraq and Syria to Yemen, and from Afghanistan to France, the political and ideological backbone of extremism under the banner of Islam is the Iranian regime.”

Rajavi called the international crisis caused by the rise of ISIS and the fanaticism under the banner of Islam a product of the Iranian regime and the policy of appeasement with this regime and added: “Mullahs of Iran and their lobbies are trying to take advantage of the coalition formed against ISIS to get their regime out of its crisis although the Iranian regime is itself the biggest source of instability in the region and its eviction is indispensable to stability, especially in Iraq and Syria.”

She stipulated that the regime of velayat-e faqih ruling in Iran is the epicenter, inspirer, and the bankroller and arms provider to extremism whether under the banner of Shiite or Sunni Islam. She thus called for support for a unified front against Islamic fundamentalism; specifically against the regime of velayat-e faqih in Iran. She accentuated that the intellectual, cultural and root solution to fundamentalism is the democratic and tolerant Islam that in Iran is represented by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). 

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French senators express support for Iranian Resistance and in opposition to Iran’s meddling in the region, particularly Syria and Ira

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French senators express support for Iranian Resistance and in opposition to Iran’s meddling in the region, particularly  Syria and Iraq

 

PARIS, January 21 — French senators representing several political parties united today in support Iranian dissidents and in opposition to Iran’s meddling in regional crises, notably Syria and Iraq.

After a meeting that featured the head of the Iranian Resistance, the senators called on the French government to adopt and “effective and serious policy” regarding Iran and to act to protect members of the Iranian opposition at Camp Liberty in Iraq from more massacres such as those that killed scores and wounded hundreds over the past two-plus years.

In a statement read by Senator Jean-Pierre Michel, the senators also called for an “independent, comprehensive and transparent probe by international experts” into the September 1 raid on the Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf at the upcoming conference of the Human Rights Council in March.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told the meeting, which included prominent present and former parliamentarians and a past member of the US National Security Council, that the mullahs’ regime’s extensive interference in Syria is the principal problem of that country. “Evicting the Iranian regime from Syria is the only solution for ending the rule of the murderous tyranny in that country,” she stated.

Mrs. Rajavi also discussed implementation of the interim nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and the Iranian regime, asserting that the indecisive approach by the U.S. and the West led the mullahs, “pressured by popular discontent and internal crises,” to retreat one step. She said that the nuclear program would have been dismantled by now if the West had been more decisive but she added: “But there’s still time. Western governments must compel the regime to accept and fully implement the additional protocol and agree to snap inspections. They must compel the mullahs to shut down their nuclear sites completely and comply with the Security Council resolutions,” she added.

 

She also described the West’s policy toward the resistance movement as “flawed” and she pointed to the repeated disclosures and warnings by the Resistance about “the threat of the mullahs’ regime” to the region through it spreading of fundamentalism. “Regrettably, with their erroneous policies, Western governments ignored those warnings,” she said.

The French senators endorsed her call for the French government to take the case of the Iranian dissidents in Iraq to the UN Security Council to ensure the protection of the residents of Liberty until their transfer out of Iraq, and to use its influence to secure the release of the seven Ashraf hostages who are being detained by the Iraqi government, to arrange the immediate transfer of asylum-seekers in Camp Liberty to third countries, and to assure their security until that time.

 

 

 

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Agents from Tehran tried to manipulate the French judiciary by directing the appeal against decision of French judiciary to drop all charges against Iranian dissidents

Agents from Tehran tried to manipulate the French judiciary by directing the appeal against decision of French judiciary to drop all charges against Iranian dissidents | Iran News Update: News from Inside Iran | Scoop.it
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During a court ruling session in Paris today it was exposed that the appeal presented against a non-suit decision adopted after 13 years of judicial investigation in a case involving Iranian dissidents was filed on behalf of a person who died almost 10 years ago. The appeal was rejected by the French court.

It was also revealed that the lawyer of the deceased man, in a letter to the prosecutors this December, acknowledged that he had not heard from his client for the past nine years.

In the December letter, the lawyer also wrote that in September of 2014, two individuals by the names of Dr. Nouri (presenting himself as a law professor in Tehran University) and Morteza Zahraie (presenting himself as a lawyer) came from Tehran and demanded that the appeal be filed on behalf of the deceased man.  

The lawyers of Iranian dissidents, including prominent French lawyers William Bourdon, … Dartoville,… called it an attempt to manipulate the French Judiciary.

The case pertains to the dossier against Iranian dissidents including some members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the coalition of Iranian opposition. The case commenced in France in 2001with collusion by Tehran and with the objective of placating the Iranian regime.  On September 16th 2014, subsequent to 13 years of investigation, the French judge dropped all the charges. Iranian opposition leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi in an official statement called the decision “a devastating and irreparable defeat for the mullahs’ demonization campaign against the resistance.”  

The case ended successively in two dismissal decisions in accordance with the prosecutor's submissions.

As to the first order of dismissal concerning the allegation of terrorism, the decision was final and no appeals were filed.

However, regarding the second dismissal in September 2014 concerning various financial allegations, an appeal by a sole plaintiff Mr. Ziaedin Abdolrazaghi was filed.

Mr. Ziaedin,  an Anglo-Iranian had pleaded in fact that over 10 years ago he had fallen victim to an impersonation by a supporter of the NCRI.

The thoroughly whimsical nature of this civil action was elaborated on in detail at that time by the lawyers of the indicted.

In its September 2014 decision, the examining magistrate dismissed the impersonation charge pointing to the incredible gap between the various references of the complainant and those of the alleged usurper. The magistrate reiterated that the movements of the accused hardly match that of the plaintiff.

 

The advocates of the Iranian dissidents had on numerous occasions, pointed to the fact that all signs support this reality and that this eccentric private plaintiff was only an instrument of the Iranian secret services.

 

According to the court documents, it became evident that the whole story was a hoax since it was established that Mr. Ziaedin Abdolrazaghi died 10 years ago, in October 2005. This evidence was corroborated beyond any doubt thanks to a death certificate obtained from the British authorities.

During the investigation it was established that following the decision by the investigative magistrate to close the case, Tehran dispatched two of its agents to Paris to urge Abdorazaghi’s lawyer to file an appeal.

The Iranian dissidents maintained throughout the investigation that the case had been orchestrated by the regime in Tehran. The revelations in today’s court lent credence to their position.

The lawyers of the defendants, in their address to the Paris Court of Appeal, pointed to the fact that requesting an appeal by someone dead 10 years ago is certainly a manipulation [of the judicial system]. They pointed out that these facts exposed to the court today, only exacerbated the need for a proper investigation, as they testify to the permanence of activism by the Iranian authorities in France. The goal of these actions is to try to sustain, even at the cost of serious manipulations, the criminalization of the undersigned lawyers’ clients.

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Maryam Rajavi, Iranian opposition leader: Role for Tehran in ISIS fight hinders fight against Islamic extremism

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On Monday, Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian opposition leader warned: “The Iranian regime’s participation in the anti-ISIS coalition is a hundred times more dangerous than any form of Islamic fundamentalism, under the cloak of Shiite or Sunni Islam,” since that participation would “provide the regime the room to act and to go on the offensive and engulf other regional countries in death and devastation.”

Rajavi was at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg upon the invitation of two major political groups: the European People’s Party Group (EPP) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has a total of 642 members from 47 member states. In general it meets for one week 4 times per year at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg. 

Recent terror incidents in France and Belgium have contributed to heightening of concerns regarding Islamic fundamentalism and the threat it poses in Europe. Rajavi met to discuss this issue with several senior officials of the Council during her visit.

In assessing the role of Tehran in the crisis of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism Rajavi said: “In recent months, the expansion of ISIS has created great concern in the international community. But without the existence of a fundamentalist power, the intellectual and ideological breathing space for the emergence and expansion of such a group would not have existed.”  She added, “Were it not for the ruthless suppression of the Sunnis in Iraq and Syria by the Iranian regime and its puppet government in Iraq, ISIS would have never emerged in that country. It was the actions of the Bashar Assad regime which indirectly paved the way for the formation and expansion of ISIS in Syria.”  

The Iranian opposition leader, who resides in Paris, strongly criticized the narrative that recognizes a role for Iran in combating ISIS and the notion of cultivating Shiite fundamentalists in order to fight Sunni fundamentalists. She described this as setting the stage for the further “destructive domination” of Iraq by Shiite militias that are supported and directed by Iran. “This would be tantamount to jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” Rajavi said.

Rajavi criticized the West for showing weakness in its handling of the Iranian regime’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and she warned that by partnering with the regime in the fight against ISIS or by allowing it to meddle in Iraq and Syria, the West would only be encouraging Tehran to further take advantage of that weakness.

“Some policymakers, though out of naiveté, deliberately seek to accept the regime’s interference in Iraq to encourage it in abandoning its nuclear weapons,” she said. “But if the mullahs become more aggressive in Iraq, they will not abandon their quest for a nuclear bomb.”

In her remarks, she took a critical view of the policy of the West in dealing with this global threat and said, “Through these years, Western governments have sacrificed human rights, freedom, and the Iranian Resistance. This has been a catastrophic deviation from the struggle against terrorism and fundamentalism.”

According to Rajavi the ultimate solution in dealing with the crisis of Islamic fundamentalism “lies in the overthrow of the Iranian regime as the epicenter of fundamentalism and terrorism. Indeed, with the regime's downfall, al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah or Houthis will no longer present a serious threat to peace and democracy, will be deprived of power and influence, and will ultimately turn into isolated and inconsequential groups.” 

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Maryam Rajavi strongly condemned the ruthless terrorist attack on the office of a French magazine in Paris

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Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance  in a press release issued today  condemns criminal attack in Paris, offers her condolences to French people and government.

At least two gunmen attacked the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, on Wednesday, January 7 at 11:30. Twelve people died according to the prosecution and six seriously injured. Two policemen were among the dead. The attackers are on the run.

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the Iranian people and their resistance stand with the French people and the bereaved families of the victims in these difficult moments.

She added that attack on citizens and the innocent, especially reporters, upon whatever pretext or reason is a terroristic crime in blatant contradiction to the teachings of Islam that is far from these kinds of atrocities.

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Iranian opposition demands UN investigation into massacre of Iranian refugees in Iraq

At a somber memorial ceremony held today at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) honoring the victims of recent Iraqi rocket attacks on Camp Liberty, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, called for an independent inquiry by the United Nations and the continued massacre of Iranian refugees in Iraq.

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Auvers-sur-Oise , France - At a somber memorial ceremony held today at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) honoring the victims of recent Iraqi rocket attacks on Camp Liberty, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, called for an independent inquiry by the United Nations and the continued massacre of Iranian refugees in Iraq.

On December 26th, Camp Liberty, a former U.S. Army base and now refugee camp housing more than 3000 members Iranian resistance group, the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) is located in a protected area near Baghdad Airport was targeted by dozens of missiles and rockets killing four defenseless residents and injuring another 70.  Residents of Camp Liberty are classified as ‘protected persons’ by the Geneva conventions

 

“We know that this most recent attack was conducted at the behest of the Iranian regime with the cooperation of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki,” said Rajavi.  “These actions, the murder of 52 refugees at Camp Ashraf on September 1st 2013 and the taking of 7 hostages must be investigated immediately,” added Rajavi.

 

Rajavi called on the international community, in particular the U.S., EU, UN and the UN Security Council to adopt urgent measures to save the lives of these defenseless asylum-seekers.

Among such measures she called for the immediate release of the seven Ashraf hostages, conducting a comprehensive, independent, transparent and impartial probe into the September 1 atrocity in Ashraf and the December 26 attack on Liberty by United Nations, as well as the immediate release of the seven Ashraf hostages.  She also demanded the transfer of asylum-seekers in Camp Liberty, especially the injured and the ailing, to European countries or United States.

The December 26, 2013 missile attacks on Camp Liberty were the fourth attack in 2013. The al-Mukhtar Army, an Iraqi Shiite militia group sponsored by Iran and linked to its Revolutionary Guard, publicly claimed responsibility for the attack. Dozens 107 mm rockets and 280 mm rockets were launched against the camp.

These facts support PMOI claims that the attack on Camp Liberty was directed against them from Tehran, with the complicity of the Iraqi government.

French personalities, including elected officials from Val d’Oise Province such as Jean-Pierre Béquet, mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise and member of provincial council, and dignitaries such as honorary governor and former head of DST Yves Bonnet, former UN Chief of Human Rights Office in Iraq Tahar Boumedra, and religious personalities such as Bishop Gaillot; Sheik Khalil Merroun, head of d'Evry Mosque; Abdelrahmane Dahmane, President of Council of Muslim Democrats of France participated in the memorial and jointly called on France to launch an initiative at the Security Council for protection of Camp Liberty residents and launching an inquiry into the Ashraf massacre.

France, the US, Canada, most European nations, the UN, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees were among the governments and international organizations that condemned the attack.

“The situation at Camp Liberty is very dangerous and there is still the threat of another attack at any moment, “ said Rajavi.  “We look to the international community to engage immediately, provide protections for the residents of Camp Liberty, provide asylum to its residents and to once and for all put an end to the terrible tragedies occurring in Iraq,” Rajavi added. 

 

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