March 26, 2017

Ban calls for start of relocation of Iranian exiles living in camp in Iraq

UN News Centre 15 February 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the start of the relocation of residents of the settlement in Iraq formerly known as Camp Ashraf, urging the Government and the camp dwellers to continue to cooperate so that the process can be carried out in a peaceful manner. “The Secretary-General reiterates that the Government of Iraq bears the primary responsibility for the security and the welfare of the residents of Camp Ashraf,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. “At the same time, the residents of Camp Ashraf also bear a responsibility to abide by the laws of Iraq. Any provocation or violence must be avoided and would be … [Read more...]

UN Secretary General’s Statement on Camp Ashraf

New York, 15 February 2012 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Camp Ashraf The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in Camp Ashraf. Over the past few months, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), under the leadership of his Special Representative, Martin Kobler, and in close cooperation with UNHCR, the European Union, the United States and other interested Member States, has been tirelessly working as an impartial facilitator to promote a peaceful resolution of this issue, within the framework of UNAMI’s humanitarian mandate. At the request of the Secretary-General, the Government of Iraq extended its deadline to … [Read more...]

U.N. urges Iraq to move Iranian dissidents to new camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iraq on Wednesday to speed up the transfer of Iranian dissidents at a camp near Baghdad to a temporary facility which the dissident group has compared to a prison. Camp Ashraf, 40 miles from Baghdad, has been home for 25 years to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist organization. The current Iraqi government has never concealed its desire get rid of the camp. Under pressure from the United Nations and European Union, Baghdad extended its deadline to close Ashraf late last year from December 31, 2011 to April … [Read more...]

‘Voluntary’ Imprisonment at Camp Liberty?

THE HUFFINGTON POST Once again the plight of Camp Ashraf attracts international attention. The issue: a statement published by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), headed by Ambassador Martin Kobler, calling on residents to move to Camp Liberty. According to the statement, Camp Liberty - an abandoned US base near Baghdad airport - is now in compliance with "international humanitarian standards" for housing "5.500 people". Human rights experts however point to serious shortcomings. Following last year's brutal massacre of dozens of defenceless refugees at Ashraf by the Iraqi army, which brought swift international condemnations, Iraq quickly announced a deadline to shut … [Read more...]

USCCAR Deplores Reckless Decisions by UNAMI’s Chief on Camp Ashraf

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iran-Americans whose loved-ones reside in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, condemns the reckless and potentially harmful assertions made in the January 31 statement issued by Ambassador Martin Kobler, head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Iraq. USCCAR warns that Mr. Kobler should not become a part and parcel of a despicable joint Iranian-Iraqi "working plan" aimed at dismantling Iran's principal organized opposition, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) whose 3,400 members and their families currently … [Read more...]

“Wake Up State Department, Take the MEK off the FTO List Today”

General Hugh Shelton, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001), Saturday, July 16, 2011, Washington, DC Excerpts: Thank you for a very warm welcome. It is truly great to be with you here in Washington today and to join such a distinguished group of colleagues. I'd also like to offer greetings to the residents of Camp Ashraf that may be watching or may see this later on. You know, there have been some substantive changes that have occurred in the political landscape and in the challenges that the Ashraf residents face since I last spoke to you or this group in May of this year, but some things have not changed. First is the United States' guarantee of protection for the … [Read more...]

West should back Iranians

United Press InternationalFebruary 1, 2008By BARONESS GOULD OF POTTERNEWTONLONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Iran under the mullahs is the only country in the world that continues to hang children, and it has an equally sinister track record over its treatment of women.On Jan. 15, Amnesty International said in a report that nine women and two men in Iran are waiting to be stoned to death, adding that the "horrific practice" was "specifically designed to increase the suffering of the victims.""The majority of those sentenced to death by stoning are women. Women suffer disproportionately from such punishment. One reason is that they are not treated equally before the law and courts, in clear violation … [Read more...]

EU’s flawed combat against terrorism

Monday, 28 January 2008 Goesta GroenroosOpEdNews.com"Injustice is the best ally for terrorism," reiterated Dick Marty, the Swiss senator in a press conference last week following the ratification of a resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemning the methods used by the EU and the UN Security Council for blacklisting groups and individuals.This resolution by Europe's human rights watchdog, was based on a report pointing out that the use of terrorist lists by the EU and UN is arbitrary and violates fundamental rights, thus putting at risk the very the fabric of a democratic society, i.e. the rule of lawWhat is more tragic is that, under the cloak of combating … [Read more...]

Placating tyranny

Thursday, 24 January 2008 By LORD CORBETT OF CASTLE VALE Chair, British Parliamentary Committee for Iran FreedomA judgment last year described the government's ban on Iran's PMOI as 'unlawful' - will Jack Straw ever admit to his part in it?The Guardian, January 21, 2008 - Rarely has a verdict been so damning to the government as that issued on November 30 last year by the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission (POAC) over the case of the main democratic Iranian opposition, the PMOI.Since 2001, at the behest of Iran's theocratic leaders, the government had banned the PMOI as a terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000, without a shred of evidence. The former home secretary, … [Read more...]

Empower Iranian people for democratic change

Wednesday, 23 January 2008NCRI – Speaking to a meeting in Atlanta on Monday, January 21, Professor Raymond Tanter, president of the Iran Policy Committee said, "The most powerful tool the United States can use to put Tehran's rulers on alert that gross violations of human rights must end is to empower the Iranian people for democratic change.”“To this end, the United States should remove the terrorist designations of the main, democratic Iranian opposition groups. The evidence behind such designations is specious, and the hampering of the democratic opposition jeopardizes U.S. national security interests,” he reiterated.Speaking on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Professor Tanter explained … [Read more...]