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Archives for July 2011

USCCAR Condemns Ambassador Lawrence Butler’s Outrageous Remarks about Camp Ashraf Residents

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2011 -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) condemns the outrageous remarks by Ambassador Lawrence Butler, stationed in Iraq, about the residents of Camp Ashraf and the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The outlandish and totally false allegations by Mr. Butler about the MEK’s past and present - debunked repeatedly by the group and the highest courts in the United Kingdom, the European Union and France - lays bare the Ambassador’s sinister agenda in trying to impose a plan which would only exacerbate the “vexing” humanitarian crisis in Camp Ashraf. Mr. Butler ignores the Iraqi Government responsibility for the unjustifiable attack on the … [Read more...]

USCCAR Lauds Unanimous Adoption of House Amendment for Camp Ashraf Protection

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) lauds the unanimous adoption of an amendment on the need to prevent the forcible relocation of the residents inside Iraq and facilitate the robust presence of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq in Camp Ashraf, to H.R. 2583, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2012. The amendment, introduced by Congressman "Judge" Ted Poe (R-TX), is a major step toward ensuring the safety and security of our loved ones in Camp Ashraf, home to nearly 3,400 members of Iran's principal opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) and their families. The … [Read more...]

Avoid Another Srebrenica at Camp Ashraf

The Huffington Post At first glance, the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica almost two decades ago has little in common with the plight of some 3,500 dissident Iranians at a place called Camp Ashraf in Iraq. But a closer look shows the opposite. In 1995, Dutch forces serving as UN peacekeepers to monitor the situation during the siege of Srebrenica did nothing to protect Muslim civilians, who were turned over to the Serb military and slaughtered. In 2003, residents of Ashraf surrendered their weapons to U.S.-led Coalition forces and, after a 16-month investigation, the U.S. government recognised each one of them as a Protected Person under the Fourth Geneva Convention and … [Read more...]

Howard Dean: Why is the MEK on the terrorist list?

Speech by Governor Howard Dean, Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (2005-2009), “Middle East, Iran Spring: Obstacles, Opportunities and U.S. Policy,” Washington, DC, July 16, 2011, Excerpt: I just do want to say two thanks before I start: the first is to the leadership of this organization [MEK] which has worked so incredibly hard to save 3400 unarmed people in Ashraf and to stand up for what's right in their own country.So I want to thank all of you who have put all these together. I don't know what number this is, the one that I've done, but when this happens -- and we will free the people of Ashraf, and we will free Iran from the tyranny of the mullahs -- when this … [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...]

Iranian resistance demands Clinton remove it from terrorist list

 The Washington Times July 19, 2011 By Marieke van der Vaart Delay said to appease Tehran   Iranian opposition activists are accusing the State Department of flouting a federal court’s year-old ruling ordering the removal of the Iranian resistance from the U.S. list of international terrorist organizations. Supporters of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to comply with the court order as they rallied outside the State Department last week to mark the anniversary of the ruling. The State Department says it is still reviewing evidence about the group. “Until the [MEK] are removed from the list, the U.S. policy is appeasing the current … [Read more...]

UN chief urges solution to Iranian exiles in Iraq

Reuters By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called in a report made public on Tuesday for stepped-up efforts to resolve the problem of Iranian exiles living at a camp in Iraq that was the scene of a bloody clash in April. Camp Ashraf, some 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, houses the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), which mounted attacks on Iran before the U.S.-led overthrow of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003. The future of the camp has been uncertain since the United States turned it over to Iraqi control in 2009. Unlike Saddam, who fought an eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s, Iraq's current … [Read more...]

Prominent Former U.S. Officials Call for Expeditious Review of MEK Status and Its Removal from State Department’s Watch List, Urge U.S. Protection for Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire July 18, 2011 WASHINGTON, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Iranian American Community of Northern California: In a symposium, coinciding with the anniversary of the ruling by a U.S. Federal Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), former senior U.S. government officials called on the Department of State to expeditiously complete its review and remove the group from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). The bi-partisan panel expressed dismay over the administration's failure to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to … [Read more...]

Iranian opposition group pushes to be removed from U.S. terror list

CNN Friday, July 15, 2011 By Jamie Crawford, CNN National Security Producer Backers of an Iranian opposition group rallied outside the U.S. State Department on Friday demanding it be removed quickly from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, pointing to a court ruling issued a year ago that found its rights had been violated. More than 100 supporters of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, also known as MEK, congregated in northwest Washington to accuse the State Department of dragging its feet in deciding whether to keep them on the list of "Foreign Terrorist Organizations." Specifically, they alluded to a ruling issued last July by a federal appeals court in Washington. The … [Read more...]

Iranians protest US ban on opposition group

Iran Focus Friday, 15 July 2011 Washington, DC, Jul. 15 – Hundreds of Iranians rallied Friday outside the US State Department on the anniversary of a US Federal Court of Appeals ruling in favour of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), urging the Obama Administration to revoke the group’s status as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. A spokesperson for the demonstrators said they were protesting against the Administration’s delay in announcing a decision on the MEK’s status and to demand the group’s de-listing. The State Department recently missed the statute-mandated 180-day deadline for a decision. Iranians who attended the protest included … [Read more...]