November 18, 2017

Demonstrators Call On Obama To Protect Iranian Dissidents

RTTNews  Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the White House gates ahead of a meeting here between President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The crowd called on Obama to help protect those at Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Iraq. Demonstrators said they fear that with U.S. combat forces leaving Iraq the al-Maliki government will evict the Iranian exiles from Camp Ashraf and deport them back to Iran, where they could face almost-certain death for their opposition to government leaders in the Islamic republic. Located just 60-miles from the Iraqi border with Iran, Camp Ashraf has been the site of alleged human rights abuses. The unarmed … [Read more...]

Will Obama live up to his Nobel Prize qualifications?

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to visit U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. He also is wanted for questioning by Spanish courts for crimes that have taken place at Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Iraq, in July 2009 and April 2011under his orders. These courts are waiting for his term of office to end to summon him. Last week in Brussels, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee at the time Obama was elected, challenged Obama to live up to the qualifications of the Nobel Peace Prize he was given the first year he was in office. He said … [Read more...]

UN-Iraq calls on Europe to take Iranian camp members

AFP BAGHDAD - European states should agree to accept members of an exiled Iranian group whose base in Iraq is being threatened with closure at year-end, the United Nations' special envoy to Baghdad said on Monday. Martin Kobler also called for the Iraqi government to extend the date of the closure of Camp Ashraf, which has been home to several thousand members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) since the 1980s. "I appeal to the governments of all UN member states, however in particular to the Europeans, to take Camp Ashraf residents into their countries," Kobler told AFP following a ceremony to mark International Human Rights Day, which was on December 10. Kobler said … [Read more...]

The noose tightens around Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf

  The Iraqi government has announced that it plans to close Camp Ashraf, home to more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents by the end of the year. But the decision has put the international community in a difficult position. During his visit to the US this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has a number of issues on the agenda, primarily the December 31, 2011, withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq. But at Camp Ashraf – home to more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents in Iraq - all eyes are set on whether Maliki’s visit could bring a resolution to a looming crisis over the future of the refugee camp. December 31 also happens to be the deadline set by Maliki’s government to dismantle the … [Read more...]

An Iranian political agenda exists to force Mujahedin E-Khalq out of Iraq

Aswat al-Iraq BAGHDAD /Aswat al-Iraq -  The official spokesman of al-Iraqiya List, led by former PrimeMinister Iyad Allawi, has said on Monday that "there is a politicalagenda, moved by Iran to give an impression for the expulsion of theanti-Tehran Mujahedin El-Khalq organization's residents from east Iraq's AshrafCamp." "Thepolitical agenda is known to be moved by the Iranian Regime and does notreflect the real wish of the Iraqi people, which we surely reject and thinkthat our previous position had been a position of principle, because the caseof residents of Ashraf Camp was based on International agreements and theGeneva Treaty," Haider al-Mulla said in a statement, copy of which was … [Read more...]

SAVING CAMP ASHRAF

THE WASHINGTON TIMES More than 60 members of Congress and a human rights commission named for the only Holocaust survivor to serve in the House are urging President Obama to use his Monday meeting with the prime minister of Iraq to demand he protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf. The letters sent to the White House on Friday are the latest developments in a growing U.S. campaign to prevent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from closing the former military base north of Baghdad by the end of this month. More than 3,400 Iranian exiles fear the Iraqi government will evict them from Camp Ashraf and deport many of them to Iran, where they face execution as opponents of the brutal theocratic … [Read more...]

Iraq’s Looming Massacre of Iranian MEK Refugees

THE DAILY BEAST  When the last U.S. troops leave Dec. 31, Iraqi forces will destroy Camp Ashraf, home to thousands of Iranian refugees belonging to the MEK. Geoffrey Robertson on the appalling human-rights tragedy unfolding. The time bomb that is ticking toward a new human-rights disaster is near Baghdad, in a 25-acre compound, where 3,400 refugees from Iranian religious fascism await the cruelest of fates. Whilst nominally under United Nations protection, 36 of them have been killed by Iraqi forces already this year, and Dec. 31, the deadline for the U.S. troop pullout, is likely to be their deadline as well. The Iraqi government, under pressure from Iran, has announced that on that … [Read more...]

To most of the world, Iranian dissidents are not terrorists

THE WASHINGTON POST Letter to the Editor Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [“Building a stable Iraq,” op-ed, Dec. 6] made clear the pretext that has been used to justify his country’s policy of brutality against the approximately 3,400 members of the Iranian dissident group the Mujahedin el-Khalq (MEK), located at Camp Ashraf, 60 kilometers north of Baghdad. “The camp’s residents,” he stated, “are classified as a terrorist organization by many countries, and thus have no legal basis to remain inIraq.”  This is untrue. Only theUnited StatesandCanada— and, of course,Iran— continue to maintain the MEK on their respective lists of terrorist organizations. More than two years ago, an … [Read more...]

Iraqi MP: Iran Should Give Incentives to Iraq for Expelling MEK

Stop Fundamentalism An Iraqi Member of Parliament in Maliki’s bloc told reporters today that it would be a grave mistake for Iraq expelling the MEK without receiving adequate incentives from Iran, said Shafagh News website.  She also stressed that there are a great many armed groups operating in Iraq supported by the Iranian regime while their cases remain undisclosed. “Iraq’s foreign policy is full of flaws,” said Batoul Farough from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s bloc in the Iraqi parliament told to Shafagh news reporter, “one of such mistakes is expelling the MEK without receiving any incentive from the Iranian side.” “This will result in a situation where Iraq will no longer have a … [Read more...]

Arab lawyers and jurists describe Ashraf Camp case as “genocide”

Aswat al-Iraq BAGHDAD -  Three thousand Arab and Iraqi lawyers and jurists have described the "time-table" set for Ashraf Camp as "genocide." In a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq, issued at the end of a press conference held in Cairo by lawyers and jurists from Iraq, Egypt and Jordan, they said that "Iranis attempting to forcibly move them to other provinces to kill them at a later stage," regarding " the next step as a genocide against humanity." "Although the Iraqi government has given assurances, the fact is that the future holds a potential genocide," the statement added. It called on the Arab League to interfere and called on the Iraqi government to cancel its decision to expel … [Read more...]