February 23, 2018

Paris International Conference – Ashraf Crisis

NCRI - In an international conference held in Paris on Friday,  December 6 in defense of Ashraf, Gov. Ed Rendell, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (1999-2001) and Governor of Pennsylvania (2002-2011) stressed that there are no doubts that the United States has moral and legal responsibility with regards to the residents of Ashraf.  He said, "there are two words that the United States and the United Nations haven’t used that have to be used and those two words are “why” and “no.”" "First of all, we should have used the word “no” when it came to the Iraqi government’s objection to having United Nations blue helmets or U.S. troops protecting the residents of Ashraf until they were … [Read more...]

Paris Conference: Obstructions by Iraq to a peaceful solution to Ashraf crisis

Mrs. Rajavi: Through the UN and particularly the SGSR, the international community can provide the basic necessary assurances for Ashraf residents NCRI - In an international conference held in Paris on Friday, January 6, at the invitation of the CFID (French Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran), dozens of distinguished American and European dignitaries warned of obstructions and non-cooperation by the Iranian regime and Government of Iraq in guaranteeing a peaceful solution for Camp Ashraf, where members of the Iranian opposition reside in Iraq. Condemning these obstructions, the conference supported and endorsed a proposal by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for a special conference to be … [Read more...]

Iran group say U.S. responsible for members in Iraq

REUTERS PARIS (Reuters) - The leader of an Iranian dissident group in Iraq said Friday the United States would be responsible for any harm that came to 3,000 of its members who could be forcefully moved to a camp outside Baghdad that they describe as a prison. Maryam Rajavi, who heads the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), had in principle backed a proposal to begin moving the residents of Camp Ashraf based on assurances from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the United Nations that their safety and security would be respected. Mortars hit the camp at the end of last year, just days after Baghdad extended a December 31 deadline for the facility to be closed as the … [Read more...]

USCCAR Warns of Iraq’s Intention to Transfer Camp Ashraf “Asylum Seekers” to a Would-be-Prison at Camp Liberty, Calls on Secretary Clinton to Intervene Immediately

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2012  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) condemns ploys by the Iranian regime to undermine the internationally-endorsed peaceful, albeit fragile, resolution to the humanitarian crisis at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. USCCAR is alarmed by disturbing reports from Iraq indicating that the Iraqi government is already reneging on its agreement with the United Nations to uphold the human rights of Camp's residents and is building a prison in Camp Liberty to move our loved ones there. The Committee calls on the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to immediately intervene and remind the Iraqi government of its … [Read more...]

Archbishop calls on Iraq not ‘to spill blood’ of dissidents

WALESonLINE ARCHBISHOP of Wales Barry Morgan has joined senior bishops and Welsh politicians in calling for action to prevent a bloodbath in Iraq. International concern is growing about the fate of thousands of Iranian dissidents who have taken refuge in Iraq but fear their lives are in danger. The 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf – many of whom are members and supporters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) – agreed to move to an abandoned US military base on the outskirts of Baghdad but there are fears they will not have safe passage. According to the UN, at least 34 people were killed last April when the Iraqi army raided the camp. Dr Morgan, the Archbishop of Armagh, and 16 other … [Read more...]

Move Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Former U.S. base in Iraq could shelter Iranian resistance until resettlement. Is Iran serious in threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz or is this simply saber-rattling? Whatever the motives, inaction is not an option - not any more. Fearful of the impact of expanded U.S. sanctions, Iran’s first vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi told the official news agency IRNA on Dec. 27, “If they impose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Strait of Hormuz.” This could spell disaster for the whole region as skyrocketing oil prices would wreak havoc on the global economy. In any contingency planning, it is imperative to establish who … [Read more...]

The World is Watching Iraq on Camp Ashraf

THE HUFFINGTON POST The first test has been met, and the 3400 Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf in Iraq have been saved from being massacred or be dispersed throughout Iraq and then be massacred. But many more tests lie ahead, and the world community will be watching. Resolution of the tense standoff between the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the Government of Iraq began on 25 December, when the United Nations and Iraq agreed on a plan to move the dissidents at Camp Ashraf to an abandoned US military base near Baghdad called Camp Liberty. However, the dissidents were understandably wary of any promise from the government of Nouri al-Maliki and needed assurances from world bodies … [Read more...]

Camp Ashraf: Warning on Iranian regime’s efforts to undermine a peaceful solution

Iranian Resistance requests Secretary Clinton and UN Secretary General to undertake appropriate measures to ensure the success of US, UN, EU and UNHCR efforts, which are being seriously threatened by the Iranian regime NCRI - In separate statements, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and EU High Representative Baroness Catherine Ashton welcomed the peaceful and humanitarian solution for Camp Ashraf crisis according to international law. The international community, including the governments of Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Germany also welcomed this solution. On December 28, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the … [Read more...]

UN complains to Iraq over attack on dissident camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations has complained to Iraq about mortar attacks this week on an Iranian dissident camp near Baghdad and has won a promise that they will be stopped, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday. Two mortars hit Camp Ashraf on Sunday, just days after Baghdad extended a year-end deadline for the facility to be closed as the United Nations negotiated resettlement of 3,000 residents there. Camp Ashraf, 40 miles (65 km) from Baghdad, has been home for 25 years to the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist organization. The U.N. special envoy to Iraq, Martin … [Read more...]

400 Camp Ashraf residents declare their readiness to move to Camp Liberty

NCRI - In a  meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the UN for Iraq, and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  the representatives of Camp Ashraf residents declared that upon a request by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, 400 of Camp Ashraf residents are ready to move to Camp Liberty on December 30 with their vehicles and movable belongings including kitchen, bakery, heating, cooling facilities, etc. The representatives of Ashraf residents stipulated that as it was declared by Mrs. Rajavi on Dec 28, the transfer will take … [Read more...]