October 24, 2017

Archives for September 2009

Protect Iranian dissidents in Iraq: Council of Europe deputies

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE STRASBOURG, September 30, 2009 (AFP) – Council of Europe parliament members on Wednesday called on the United Nations and the United States to guarantee the safety of Iranian dissidents at a camp in Iraq following clashes in July. Iraqi forces launched a deadly raid on Camp Ashraf, in Diyala province near the […]

Iranian dissidents held in prison despite Iraqi court ruling

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE KHALES, September 29, 2009 (AFP) – Iraqi authorities have refused to allow 36 Iranian dissidents seized in a July raid to return to their base despite a court ruling they must be released, a judicial official said on Tuesday. The members of the People’s Mujahedeen, an exiled opposition group, were arrested by […]

Rowan Williams: protect Camp Ashraf residents

ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — The Archbishop of Canterbury said Sunday that the U.S. and Iraq must protect the residents of Camp Ashraf from violence and abuse.The situation in Camp Ashraf “constitutes a humanitarian and human rights issue of real magnitude and urgency,” Archbishop Rowan Williams said in a statement on his Web site. “There is […]

Church of England head urges protection for Iranian refugees

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE LONDON(AFP) – The head of the Church of England said Sunday that Iraqand the United Stateshave a duty to protect Iranian refugees in a camp in Iraq from violence or abuse. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said events at Camp Ashraf northeast of Baghdad “constitute a humanitarian and human rights issue of […]

Obama’s dilemma in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf

The Christian Science Monitor The US isn’t supposed to intervene. But unless it does, Iranian exiles there face retribution from a brutal regime. Provo, Utah – The Obama administration is facing a difficult foreign-policy and humanitarian challenge that could have serious implications for its relationship with Iran. It concerns 36 Iranian dissidents, promised protection by […]

US ambassador tries to allay fears about Iranian dissidents in Iraq

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON — Christopher Hill, the US ambassador to Iraq, sought Thursday to reassure lawmakers who fear for the safety of more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents in a camp in Iraq. Hill, testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the US government would work to ensure that 36 People’s Mujahedeen members arrested […]

US urged to restore protection of Iranians in Iraq

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Supporters of an Iranian dissident group based in Iraq called on the Obama administration Thursday to restore U.S. military protection for the exiles, who were attacked by Iraqi security forces on July 28. They also urged the Iraqi government to release 36 exiles who were taken from the camp during the […]

Bloodshed at Iranian camp tests US-Iraq transition

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD — The women formed a human chain while the men chanted, confronting Iraqi troops moving into their compound. Gunfire rang out, and the soldiers waded in with batons, wooden bats and automatic weapons. By the end, officials said, 11 Iranian exiles were dead — shot, beaten or run over by military vehicles. […]