February 22, 2018

Archives for July 2012

Crisis brewing in Liberty

THE WASHINGTON TIMES  Iranian dissidents need support, not coercion. The clock is ticking, louder with every day that goes by, on the lives of more than 1,000 Iranian dissidents exiled in Iraq. These are the men and women who fled the Iranian regime to make their home near Baghdad more than a quarter of a century ago and who, in 2003, were given protection by U.S. armed forces under the Geneva Conventions. But now it appears they are being held ransom by the State Department, their human rights ignored because of politics and the desire to preserve favor with the Iraqi government, whose violent intent in removing them from Camp Ashraf in Iraq was tragically demonstrated in a … [Read more...]

Is the US State Department blackmailing Iranian dissidents in Iraq to placate the al-Maliki regime?

The Daily Mail The US State Department should feel ashamed of itself. Rather than stand up for the humanitarian rights of defenseless refugees, State Department officials have decided to side with the murderous Iraqi regime. The Department’s support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki knows no limit; officials have not flinched from employing despicable tactics including the holding of innocent lives, some of them children, to ransom. Around 3,400 individuals are today under siege in two camps near Baghdad: Camp Ashraf, to the north of the capital, and Camp Liberty, a former US military base. The Iraqis consider these people criminals because they support the People’s Mujahedin … [Read more...]

State Department’s Coercing Ashraf Residents to Forgo Their Humanitarian Needs in Return for Possible Delisting of MEK is Appalling and Unlawful

LONDON, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI) denounces pressuring the Iranian opposition and the residents of Camps Ashraf into giving up minimum humanitarian life support requirements and relocating to Camp Liberty in return for possible delisting of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Some 2,000 Ashraf residents have already relocated to Camp Liberty, where the living conditions are inhumane. The Camp has no running water and it must be delivered on a daily basis by tankers. Two State Department officials held a press briefing on the issue on Friday July 6, 2012, urging the residents to leave … [Read more...]

USCCAR Regrets Misrepresentations by State Department Officials on Humanitarian Situation of Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of thousands of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones are in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, the US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) regrets the misrepresentations by Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, State Department's Coordinator for Counterterrorism; and Ambassador Daniel Fried, Special Advisor to the Secretary Hillary Clinton on Camp Ashraf, about the relocation process from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty. On Friday July 6, 2012, during a special press briefing, Ambassadors Benjamin and Fried ignored the Iraqi government's systematic breaches of its commitments and agreements with the UN and residents of Camp Ashraf … [Read more...]

Subjecting delisting of the PMOI to closure of Ashraf defies the law and the court ruling

Statement by Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran The remaining residents in Ashraf will immediately move to Camp Liberty if humanitarian requirements are realized. There has never been any misunderstanding regarding the US Secretary of State discretion to relist. The relocation of more convoys from Ashraf has been halted due to failure of the Iraqi government to provide the minimum humanitarian needs of the residents which has been called for on a number of occasions in the past several months and has nothing to do with the court ruling on June 1st 2012.  If the Department of state wants to subject the delisting to the closure of Ashraf the only possible … [Read more...]

Time to listen to Iranian voices for freedom

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Rather than appeasing Tehran and hamper the efforts of the Iranian resistance, the United States should support the PMOI and its aim of regime change in Iran. LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- How big does a rally have to be before the world takes notice? Will the voices of 100,000 protesters reach across the Atlantic? Around this number of Iranian expatriates gathered in Paris last Saturday to show their support for the Iranian resistance and their determination to bring freedom, democracy and justice to a country that has suffered far too long under the dictatorship of the mullahs. It was the largest anti-regime demonstrations ever organized and brought … [Read more...]

Maliki and Mullah’s Justice Minister Talk Of Prosecuting PMOI Members in Iraq

Statement by Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Iranian Resistance Warns the United Nations and United States about Ominous Intentions of the Iranian Regime and its Culprits in Iraq Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met Iranian Justice Minister Morteza Bakhtiari in Baghdad, Thursday, July 5.  In the meeting, the Iranian side stressed on prosecuting members of the Iranian opposition movement Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (PMOI/MEK), reported Iraqi media. The organization is in Iraq facing oppressive measures. The statement shows ominous, inhumane, and unlawful intentions on the part of the Iranian regime and its culprits in Iraq.  It shows that the Maliki … [Read more...]

A ‘Clinton Project’ to placate Tehran

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL It is time for America to face the truth. Appeasing the Iranian mullahs regarding the People's Mujahedin of Iran is a failed policy.   BRUSSELS, July 5 (UPI) -- Two weeks ago, I was informed by the Iraqi Embassy in Brussels that they had a group of 14 senior political figures from Iraq coming to the European Parliament and they wished to attend my monthly meeting of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq on June 19. They sent me a list of 14 names. There were no designations next to any of the names and no indication about the purpose of their visit. I made a background check and was able to identify the fact that it included the notorious Colonel Sadeq, … [Read more...]

Iranians yearn for freedom, too

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Resistance wants an end to mullahs’ tyrannical rule. On July 4, 1776, 236 years ago, Americans declared that they no longer would be ruled by others, and the Revolutionary War began. Just a few days ago, Egyptians celebrated their newfound freedom and inaugurated their new president. In Syria, there are growing signs that the end of the reign of Bashar Assad is almost in sight. In all of these cases, people stood up for freedom, defying all odds, and generated the momentum that inevitably leads to victory. A similar situation is building up among the Iranian people - inside and outside their homeland. The same attitude will bring the same result. The only … [Read more...]

Iranian Opposition MEK Should Be Supported, Not Blacklisted

PolicyMIC.com The annual congress of the Iranian resistance in Paris on June 23 was a spectacular event and described as a turning point by policy makers and Iranian affairs pundits. It confirmed several points. The unprecedented, massive turnout of 100,000-plus participants made it abundantly clear that the opposition the People's Mujahedin of Iran, or, PMOI – also known as MEK, and the political coalition of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) led by Maryam Rajavi, enjoys widespread support among the Iranian Diaspora.  The contribution of the PMOI to help organize such a huge and diverse event, by far larger than most Western party congresses or presidential … [Read more...]