February 18, 2018

Liberty not meeting minimum humanitarian and human rights standards

"Shelter expert's" lies on Liberty infrastructure ready to host 5500 people exposed NCRI - The statement of UNAMI on January 31, stated "the infrastructure and facilities at Camp Liberty are in accordance with the international humanitarian standards stipulated in the MoU." A technical report by a shelter expert dated January 30 which served as basis for the UNAMI statement confirmed that "the camp is currently configured to accommodate 5,500 persons." The UNAMI statement pretended that the UNHCR had approved the situation of camp Liberty, but the latter was explicit in its February 1 statement that the new location was "being provisioned" and "the UNHCR has been advising on the … [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...]

400 Iran exiles reluctantly move to new Iraq home

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) — Lugging clothes, tables and whatever else they could carry, roughly 400 members of an Iranian exile group reluctantly moved Saturday from their camp in northwestern Iraq to a deserted military base outside the capital in what they called a show of good faith that they eventually will be allowed to leave the country peacefully. It was the first group to move of the more than 3,300 members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran who have lived at Camp Ashraf for three decades. They left under pressure from the Iraqi government, whose army stormed Ashraf last April in a raid that left 34 of the exiles dead. The United Nations also wants the exiles to … [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...]

First exiles to leave Iraq’s Camp Ashraf slam new site

CNN Baghdad (CNN) -- About 400 members of an exiled Iranian opposition group who are the first to leave a long-term camp in Iraq under a U.N. plan criticized their treatment and the conditions at the new temporary site Saturday. The group left Camp Ashraf at midnight following 12 hours of inspections and checks, Shahin Gobadi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement. When they arrived seven hours later at the new site, a former U.S. military base near Baghdad International Airport long known as Camp Liberty, the group discovered a heavy presence of police. Camp Liberty has been renamed "Camp Hurriya" and is now an Iraqi facility. Another inspection was then … [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...]

Searches delay Iran exiles’ exit from Iraq camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAGHDAD — Searches of Iranian opposition members have delayed their departure from a camp in Iraq for a UN-approved site near Baghdad, an Iraqi army officer and a legal adviser to the exiles said on Friday. A group of some 400 Iranians opposed to the regime in Tehran was to depart on Friday from Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, for a new location called Camp Liberty, as part of a process that aims to see them resettled outside Iraq. The planned move is part of a December 25 deal between the UN and Iraq, which was reached after extensive talks, under which around 3,400 members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) are to leave Camp Ashraf, … [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...]