February 25, 2018

Archives for August 2012

Around 680 Ashraf residents are ready to move to Liberty

PARIS (NCRI) - Following the statement by the Spokesperson for US State Department on August 29, welcoming the arrival of the sixth convoy of Ashraf residents at Camp Liberty and reiterating to work towards resolution of humanitarian issues in this Camp and to support the safety and security of the residents, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, declared, "Around 680 Ashraf residents will be ready to move from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty on September 12 and they could start loading their belongings from tomorrow even through hiring 100 trucks at their own expense. According to former agreements with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General … [Read more...]

Iran exiles say last convoy to move from Iraq camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE PARIS — An Iranian opposition organisation said that a final convoy of 680 of its members will leave Camp Ashraf on September 12 for the new Hurriya transit centre near Baghdad. "Around 680 Ashraf residents will be ready to move from Ashraf to Camp Liberty (Hurriya) on September 12 and they could start loading their belongings from tomorrow (Saturday)," Maryam Rajavi, president of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which includes the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran, said in a statement. Earlier this week the United States welcomed renewed efforts to relocate the residents of Camp Ashraf which has housed members of an exiled … [Read more...]

US hails efforts to relocate Camp Ashraf

REUTERS WASHINGTON - The United States late on Wednesday welcomed renewed efforts to relocate residents of a camp in Iraq that has housed members of an exiled Iranian opposition group for years. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland noted the “safe arrival” of the sixth convoy of about 400 residents of Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya, a former US military base once known as Camp Liberty. “We call on the Camp Ashraf leadership to continue this progress by cooperating with the expeditious relocation of the approximately 800 remaining residents at Camp Ashraf,” she added, noting Wednesday’s convoy was the first of its kind in over three months. A US official said the camp could … [Read more...]

Iraq: UN envoy welcomes transfer of Iranian exiles to new refugee camp

UN NEWS CENTRE 29 August 2012 – The United Nations top envoy in Iraq today hailed the relocation of another group of 400 Iranian exiles from a camp outside of the capital, Baghdad, to a new location, prior to their eventual resettlement in third countries. “I welcome the residents’ decision to re-commence the relocation process from Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya,” the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which he also heads. The issue of Camp Ashraf – located in eastern Iraq and made up of several thousand Iranian exiles, many of them members of a group known as the People’s … [Read more...]

US welcomes resumed relocation of Camp Ashraf

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday welcomed renewed efforts to relocate residents of a camp in Iraq that for years has housed members of an Iranian opposition group. "The United States welcomes today's safe arrival of the sixth convoy of approximately 400 Ashraf residents to Camp Hurriya, the first such convoy in over three months," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. "We call on the Camp Ashraf leadership to continue this progress by cooperating with the expeditious relocation of the approximately 800 remaining residents at Camp Ashraf," she added. The Iraqi government has been locked in a dispute with the People's … [Read more...]

U.S. urges Iraq to address concerns of Iranian dissidents

THE WASHINGTON TIMES The State Department on Wednesday urged Iraq to continue its efforts to address humanitarian concerns raised by Iranian dissidents at a camp near Baghdad. A group of about 400 Iranians, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK), was transferred Wednesday from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty, near the Iraqi capital’s international airport. The Iraqi government has “made considerable efforts to achieve a peaceful and secure resolution for the residents of Camp Ashraf, and we urge continued steps to address humanitarian concerns raised at [Camp Liberty] by the residents,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri … [Read more...]

20 Wounded in latest Iraqi Attack on Camp Ashraf

StopFundamentalism.COM Stop Fundamentalism – In the latest attack on Camp Ashraf residents by Iraqi forces today, Monday August 27, twenty residents were wounded, says a statement released by the Secretariat of National Council of Resistance of Iran.  Six of the injured were taken to Iraqi hospitals for treatment, while others were attended to in the camp. Two previous attacks on Camp Ashraf by Iraqi forces back in July 2009 and April 2011, left 47 residents dead including 8 women. Residents of Camp Ashraf are unarmed opponents of the Iranian regime who are members of the Iranian regime’s main opposition group, Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, MEK.    The group took refuge in Iraq in … [Read more...]

USCCAR Condemns UN Cover-up in Iraq, Calls for Swift Investigation Following Revelations by Former Senior UN official

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) has learnt of shocking revelations made by Mr. Tahar Boumedra, chief of the Human Rights Office for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), regarding the outrageous cover-up by Ambassador Martin Kobler, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, to deceive the international community about the prison-like conditions at Camp Liberty.  Since February 2012, some 2,000 residents of Camp Ashraf – home since 1986 to members of Iran's principal opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) – have relocated to Camp … [Read more...]

Ex-UN official’s allegations raise pressure on US to delist Iranian terror group

THE HILL (Global Affairs) The State Department is coming under renewed pressure to lift its designation of the Iraq-based People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) as a terrorist group after a former top human rights official accused the United Nations of lying about the group's living conditions. Tahar Boumedra was in charge of monitoring the living conditions of the group of Iranian exiles in a camp near the border with Iran before resigning from the UN in May. Over the past several days, he has begun speaking out and reaching out to U.S. lawmakers and others about what he describes as a deliberate attempt by the top UN official in Iraq to cover up the Iraqi government's mistreatment of the … [Read more...]

Former UN human rights chief in Baghdad Tahar Boumedra: Why I Quit the UN in Iraq

THE HILL (Global Affairs) For the past three and a half years I have served first as chief of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office and then as adviser to the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq, monitoring, among other things, the human rights and the humanitarian situation of 3,400 Iranian exiles who have made their home north of Baghdad since 1986 at a place called Camp Ashraf. Iraq’s government has decided to terminate their presence in Iraq and required them to vacate Camp Ashraf. UNAMI has been facilitating their temporary relocation to a former base in Baghdad called Camp Liberty, with the purported task of conducting “refugee … [Read more...]