December 14, 2017

Senior Former U.S. Officials Urge Obama Administration To Uphold America’s Commitment and Protect Residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a panel on Friday, October 28, 2011, entitled "U.S., U.N. Obligations to Avert Impending Humanitarian Catastrophe at Camp Ashraf," former senior U.S. national security, military and judiciary officials urged the Obama administration to honor its written commitment to the residents of Camp Ashraf and protect them from another onslaught by the Iraqi government, according to Iranian-American Community of Northern California. Camp Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of the Iran's main opposition, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Only eight weeks are left to the arbitrary deadline set by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to shut down … [Read more...]

MEPs warn of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ at Iran exile camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BRUSSELS, Oct 31, 2011 (AFP) - European parliamentarians issued a fresh warning Monday of a looming "humanitarian catastrophe" at an Iraqi camp housing Iranian exiles and urged the United Nations to provide protection for its 3,400 residents. MEP Struan Stevenson, who heads the parliament's delegation for relations with Iraq, said in an e-mail that 180 parliamentarians from the main political groups had signed a petition urging the postponement of a December 31 deadline set by Baghdad to close the camp. "We have only eight weeks left to make (Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri) al-Maliki see sense or I fear we will face a certain humanitarian catastrophe," he … [Read more...]

EU lawmakers fear ‘massacre’ of Iranians in Iraq

ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUSSELS - Members of the European Parliament are asking for international help to prevent what they say could be a massacre of Iranian dissidents in Iraq. A statement signed by 180 parliamentarians from all political parties says the lives of 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf are in danger. Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has close ties with Iran, has said the camp must be closed by the end of 2011. But the statement, emailed to journalists on Monday, says: "This could be used as a pretext for a large-scale massacre." The parliamentarians want the deadline extended so the Iranian's asylum claims can be heard and they can be resettled … [Read more...]

After U.S. Forces Exit Iraq Will My Brothers Be Killed?  President Obama’s declaration that the last U.S. soldiers will be coming home from Iraq by the end of the year should inspire all Americans to say a thankful prayer for the valiant sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women. At the same time, the president’s announcement leaves many of us in the Iranian-American community with grave concerns about an impending humanitarian disaster in Iraq when American forces are gone. Both my brothers live in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to 3,400 unarmed Iranian men, women, and children, members of the principal Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which is committed to non-violent … [Read more...]

Secretary Hillary Clinton Questioned on Camp Ashraf in House Hearing

US COMMITTEE FOR CAMP ASHRAF RESIDENTS On 27 October, the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at a hearing  of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee where she was questioned by several members of the Committee asked about the humanitarian crisis in Camp Ashraf and the reasons behind the delay in delising of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the FTO list. Here is an excerpt of the exchange: Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Many members including the ranking member and I had sought the administration's commitment to securing their protection given the Iraqi government's repeated failure to comply with its international human rights obligations to the … [Read more...]

Europeans Fear ‘Massacre’

 THE WASHINGTON TIMES Struan Stevenson, a leading member of the European Parliament, sounded desperate as he appealed to the Obama administration to prevent a “human catastrophe” among Iranian exiles in Iraq.  “America is leaving behind the biggest mess I’ve ever seen,” he told Embassy Row this week, complaining about President Obama’s decision to pull out U.S. troops by the end of the year. Mr. Stevenson, a frequent visitor toIraq, said the government is weak, sectarian tensions are high and Iran is poised to turn Iraq into a proxy state. However, he is most worried about the fate of 3,400 disarmed Iranian dissidents living in a former military camp about 40 miles north of … [Read more...]