January 24, 2018

Obama Administration Urged to Compel Iraq to Lift the Deadline to Close Down Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Lives in Peril, Honor on the Line: America's Promise to Protect Camp Ashraf," was the title of a symposium in which several former senior U.S. officials as well as prominent human rights advocates urged the Obama Administration to prevent an impending humanitarian catastrophe at Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to thousands of members of Iran's main opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).   The panelists also rejected the call made jointly by the Iranian regime and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the residents of Ashraf must give in to relocation inside Iraq without any reliable protection for their safety and … [Read more...]

EU to urge members to accept Iranian dissidents

REUTERS BRUSSELS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will urge EU states next week to accept as many residents as they can of a camp of Iranian dissidents in Iraq that Baghdad plans to close by the end of the year, EU officials said on Thursday. Ashton will make the call as part of efforts to resolve the issue of Camp Ashraf, a base of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, which mounted attacks on Iran before the U.S.-led removal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been trying to arrange to interview the more than 3,000 residents to determine who among them qualifies for refugee status and thus … [Read more...]

EU to urge member states to accept Iranian exiles in refugee camp Iraq plans to close

ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUSSELS — An official says the EU’s foreign policy chief will urge the member countries to accept some of the Iranians living in a refugee settlement in Iraq. Iraq’s government has said it will close Camp Ashraf, where more than 3,000 Iranian exiles are living, by the end of the year. The U.N. says at least 34 people were killed when Iraqi security forces raided the camp in April. The refugees, many of whom seek to overthrow Iran’s clerical rulers, were taken in at the camp by Saddam Hussein’s regime decades ago. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will appeal to all 27 members of the bloc next week, asking countries to take in Ashraf residents with ties to them, … [Read more...]

Call by 1,050,000 Iraqi citizens: Urge the UN Security Council to dispatch a UN contingent force and UN monitors to protect Camp Ashraf

Secretariat of the National Council of Iraqi Tribes - Press release In the closing months of 2011, and with unbridled meddling of the Iranian regime in Iraq and its efforts to dominate our country’s affairs, our society is in a state of great concern and anxiety about the future and the fate of our country. The national partnership has not been materialized yet and the political agreements upon which the government was formed have been violated. Patriotic figures like Dr. Allawi, the leader of victorious bloc in the parliamentary elections, have been eliminated from the political stage; with democracy on the demise and dictatorship fortifying its grip on power. It was for this very reason … [Read more...]

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...]