October 21, 2017

Sub-Humane Living and Security Standards in Camp Liberty

On February 17, 2012, as a goodwill gesture, 400 Iranian dissidents residing in Camp Ashraf in Iraq began their relocation from Camp Ashraf, their home of 25 years, to Camp Liberty, a former U.S. military base near Baghdad international airport. They volunteered for this transfer even though minimum guarantees for their safety and security have yet to be provided by the Iraqi Government or the United Nations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has formally recognized the residents of Ashraf as “asylum seekers” and “persons of concern,” which entitles them to fundamental protections and security based on humanitarian standards. Nevertheless, the Iraqi Government, with … [Read more...]

USCCAR Urges Secretary Clinton to Ensure Iraqi Guarantees for Safety and Security of 400 Iranian Asylum Seekers in Camp Liberty

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, February 17, 2012, as a goodwill gesture, 400 Iranian dissidents residing in Camp Ashraf in Iraq since 1986, many with families and relatives in the United States, began their relocation from Camp Ashraf, their home of 25 years, to Camp Liberty, a former U.S. military base near Baghdad international airport, even though minimum guarantees for their safety and security have not been provided by the Iraqi Government or the United Nations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has formally recognized the residents of Ashraf as "asylum seekers" and "persons of concern," which entitles them to fundamental … [Read more...]

Iran Policy Committee: Responsibility to Protect Iranian Dissidents in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2012 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — A humanitarian tragedy unfolds as the Iraqi military and police harass and threaten 397 Iranian dissidents relocated to Camp Hurriya, a former American military base. They are the first of 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf. How Iraq, UN, EU, and the United States act is a litmus test for whether the rest of the residents of Camp Ashraf relocate. Professor Raymond Tanter, former member of the National Security Council staff in the Reagan-Bush White House and President of the Iran Policy Committee, stated, “The UN shares with Washington responsibility to protect Iranian dissidents from being harmed by Iraqi authorities. At the UN World Summit, September … [Read more...]

UN welcomes start of relocation of Iranian exiles to new camp in Iraq

UN NEWS CENTRE The United Nations has welcomed today's safe relocation of about 400 residents of the Iraqi settlement formerly known as Camp Ashraf to a new transit centre elsewhere in the country, calling it “the first step towards a better future” for the residents, who are Iranian exiles.The 400 people who voluntarily relocated today – the first to do so – now reside in Camp Hurriya, a temporary transit location, according to a press release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will immediately start the process of verification and refugee status determinations, a key step in preparing the submissions of eligible … [Read more...]

Iraq moves batch of Iranian dissidents from camp

REUTERS BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq evacuated an initial batch of 400 Iranian dissidents on Saturday from a base founded under Saddam Hussein, a first step towards expelling their entire group from Iraqi territory. The People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), a group that calls for the overthrow of Iran's clerical rulers, took refuge at Camp Ashraf, 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. Ashraf now houses around 3,000 people. With Iraq's Shi'ite majority newly empowered following Saddam's fall in 2003, Baghdad has forged closer ties with its Shi'ite neighbour Iran, and the PMOI is no longer welcome here. "It is clear that for Camp Ashraf residents there … [Read more...]

State Department: Update on Camp Ashraf

Update on Camp Ashraf  Press Statement Victoria Nuland Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 18, 2012  The United States welcomes the peaceful departure of the first 397 residents from Camp Ashraf and joins the United Nations in welcoming their safe arrival at Camp Hurriya. The United States commends the Iraqi government for its facilitation of a secure and peaceful relocation process and its willingness to invest significant resources in that regard. The United States also commends the decision by the Ashraf residents to begin to relocate to Hurriya, where the United Nations will begin a process aimed at facilitating their eventual departure from … [Read more...]

EU: Iraq must ensure Iran exile group’s safety

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BRUSSELS - The European Union called on Iraqi authorities on Friday to guarantee the security of an Iranian opposition group transferring to a new camp near Baghdad. The National Council of Resistance (NCRI) has agreed to begin evacuating Camp Ashraf, its long-time base in central Iraq, and transfer the refugees to Camp Liberty, a former US military base. "We urge this movement to start as scheduled on 17 February and call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities regarding the safety and security of the residents of the Camp," Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said in a statement. "We also call on the … [Read more...]

State Department’s Statement on Camp Ashraf

Camp Ashraf  Press Statement Victoria Nuland Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2012    The United States continues to pursue a peaceful, humane solution to the untenable situation at Camp Ashraf. The critical next step is the voluntary movement of the first group of 400 Ashraf residents to the new transit facility at Camp Hurriya (former Camp Liberty). The United States supports the UN’s call for the Iraqi Government and the residents of Camp Ashraf to continue to cooperate and begin this movement peacefully and without delay. Once the first group arrives at Hurriya, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) … [Read more...]

Iranian exile group to start evacuating Iraqi camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE PARIS — Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance said Thursday it has agreed to begin evacuating its long-time base in a camp in central Iraq to transfer to a UN-approved site near Baghdad. According to a statement issued by the exiled group's base in Paris, NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi has agreed that the first 400 of 3,400 refugees based in Ashraf camp will be transferred to Camp Liberty, a former US military base. The statement said Rajavi had received assurances from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before agreeing to order the move. "This is despite the fact that there was no agreement on the transfer of all their vehicles and personal … [Read more...]

Iranian dissidents in Iraq agree to move to new camp

REUTERS  PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The leader of an exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday she had agreed to start relocating Iranian dissidents from a long-disputed camp in Iraq after receiving assurances from the United States about their safety. Some 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, the settlement known as Camp Ashraf is the base of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), an Iranian opposition group that Washington considers a terrorist group. The Iraqi government, which is friendly with Tehran, has said it intends to close the camp, which is home to an estimated 3,000 Iranian dissidents and has been the scene of bloody clashes between residents and the Iraqi … [Read more...]