December 16, 2017

Washington Post: Bipartisan Letter to President Obama

Time Is Running Out, Keep America’s Promise, Prevent an Impending Massacre at Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Dear President Obama, As you are undoubtedly aware, the undersigned strongly believe that the continued designation of the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as a terrorist organization is unjustified and unlawful. The designation has been lifted by our European allies and was characterized by a British review panel as “perverse”. Over fifteen months ago, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that our State Department had violated the Constitutional rights of the MEK by failing to adequately identify the sources upon which it relied to continue the terrorist … [Read more...]

EU urges Iraq to allow more time for Ashraf solution

REUTERS BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The European Union urged Iraq on Tuesday to allow time for the United Nations to determine the status of residents of a camp of Iranian dissidents that Baghdad has threatened to deport by the year-end. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been trying to arrange to interview the 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf to see which of them qualifies for refugee status to permit their resettlement, but Iraq has not allowed this. Members of the European Parliament called on EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to step up pressure on Iraq to extend the year-end deadline it has set for the closure of the camp to allow the interview … [Read more...]

U.N. should reject plan to relocate Iranian dissidents in Iraq

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL LONDON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- "History can be a great teacher ... if we bother to remember it." But, when it comes to the fate of Iranian dissidents in Iraq in Camp Ashraf, it seems history cannot be a teacher simply because we don't want to bother to remember. The situation is strikingly similar to the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The government of Iraq wants to resettle the 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf to another location in Iraq. This is tantamount to their massacre. Unlike during World War II, the world now enjoys from the good offices of the United Nations. Would the United Nations succumb to Iraqi pressure and fall into its trap to agree with … [Read more...]

Iranian regime’s dictated plan on Iraqi government to transfer Ashraf residents to al-Mothanna prison

National Council of Resistance of Iran - Press Release NCRI - According to reports from inside the Iranian regime, Maliki has promised to transfer residents of Camp Ashraf to other localities before the end of 2011. Based on a plan dictated to the Iraqi government by Ghassem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds Force and Danaifar, the Iranian regime's ambassador to Iraq, Iraqi forces should transfer the residents to al-Mothanna prison in Baghdad. In 2009, when  Iraqi forces took 36 residents of Ashraf hostage they were kept in the same facility for a period of time (See Photo). According to the plan, the Iraqi Prime Minister office's that controls the facility would falsely … [Read more...]

Use of humanitarian principles in Ashraf Camp question, Iraqiya spokeswoman

Aswat al-Iraq  BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqiya bloc spokeswoman declared today necessity of solving anti-Iranian Ashraf camp residents  in a humane behavior as political refugees because they do not carry weapons.   MP Maysoun al-Damalouji told Aswat al-Iraq that the bloc sides finding a humanitarian solution to the residents of the camp, coinciding with their position as political opponents.   She pointed out that "the recent behavior was not human and does not coincide with Iraqi ethics".   The anti-Iranian Mujahidi Khalq is stationed in Ashraf Camp, in Diala province, east of Baghdad, since 1985 with the care of the previous regime, where it began attacking Iran since then.   After the … [Read more...]

Exiled Iran opposition warns of ‘massacre’ if Iraq camp shut

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE PARIS — The leader of an exiled Iranian opposition movement claimed Sunday that moves to close a camp in Iraq housing thousands of her supporters were part of a plot by Tehran to have them killed. Maryam Rajavi, France-based leader of the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran, said the Iraqi government's plan to move Iranian exiles from Ashraf, north of Baghdad, had been secretly ordered by Iran's Islamic government. "Relocating residents of Ashraf inside Iraq is a crime against humanity and is a prelude to a grand massacre that has been devised by the Iranian theocratic fascist rulers and the government of Iraq," she alleged. "Forcible relocation of Ashraf … [Read more...]

Maryam Rajavi: Relocation of Ashraf residents inside Iraq is tantamount to sending them to their deaths

National Council of Resistance of Iran - Press Release The Iranian Resistance is in no way willing to discuss relocation of Ashraf residents inside Iraq unless their protection in the new location is officially guaranteed by the American forces or Blue Helmets of United Nations Following the letter from Iraqi embassy dated 15 November to the protocol section of the European Parliament indicating that “the government of Iraq is committed to its decision to close Camp Ashraf by the end of 2011,” and that “the Iraqi government was left with no choice but to evacuate the Camp based on principle of sovereignty, and transfer its residents to other camps in Iraq,” Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the … [Read more...]

Iraq signs ‘death warrant’ on Iran exiles

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE BRUSSELS - 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 said Friday. MEP Struan Stevenson said the Iraqi embassy in Brussels had sent a letter to the European parliament tantamount "to a virtual declaration of war on the UN and international community and a death warrant" for residents of the Ashraf camp. Iraq wants a year-end closure of the camp but more than 100 parliamentarians along with rights groups have urged a postponement to give time to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and others to screen and resettle … [Read more...]

Talks underway on closing Iran exile camp in Iraq

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAGHDAD — Negotiations are underway on relocating several thousand exiled Iranian opposition members from a camp north of Baghdad to another location in Iraq, officials said on Friday. The European Union, meanwhile, urged further cooperation between UN negotiators and Iraqi officials in "difficult" efforts to close Camp Ashraf, which has hosted members of the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) since the 1980s. Iraqi authorities have decided to close the camp by the end of 2011. "The primary and overall responsibility to deal with the situation in Camp Ashraf lies with the government of Iraq within its sovereignty," Martin Kobler, the UN secretary … [Read more...]

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

URGENT STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S DELEGATION FOR RELATIONS WITH IRAQ 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 issue of Camp Ashraf in a 10-point official document. The document is disingenuous and illegal in its entirety and amounts to a virtual declaration of war on the UN and international community and a death warrant for the residents of Ashraf. It reiterates the intention to clear the camp by the end of the year, claims the 3400 residents of Ashraf are terrorists, denies that they have any status as … [Read more...]