February 22, 2018

Iraq: Restraint urged at Camp Ashraf as government forces mass

Amnesty International Amnesty International has warned Iraqi authorities against taking any unnecessary military action that would put civilian lives in danger, amid reports of a military build-up inside a camp for Iranian exiles north of Baghdad. Amnesty International has received reports that new troop movements and military construction are taking place inside the camp, only days after an assault on the camp by Iraqi security forces on 8 April left over 30 camp residents dead and many others wounded. "Camp Ashraf's residents are looking on in fear and trepidation as Iraqi troops appear to be preparing for a new assault on them and their homes," said Malcolm Smart, Director of … [Read more...]

UN says 34 killed at Iranian exiles camp in Iraq

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE UNITED NATIONS — At least 34 people, including several women, were killed and dozens wounded at an Iranian exiles' camp raided by the Iraqi military last week, the United Nations said Thursday. A top US official called the Iraqi assault on Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, a "massacre" and demanded a thorough government investigation. The toll was released a day after UN observers visited Camp Ashraf, which the Iraqi government has demanded be closed by the end of the year. "We are aware of 34 bodies at Camp Ashraf and nearby," deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq said. The victims included women and most were shot, according to UN human rights spokesman Rupert … [Read more...]

UN: 34 Killed in Iraqi Raid on Iranian Exile Camp

ASSOCIATED PRESS An Iraqi army raid last week on Camp Ashraf left 34 Iranian exiles dead, according to a U.N. spokesman who on Thursday offered the first independent death toll for the attack that drew sharp rebukes from Baghdad's Western allies. The April 8 raid targeted the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which seeks to overthrow Iran's clerical leaders. The group won refuge at Camp Ashraf years ago during the regime of Saddam Hussein, who saw them as a convenient ally against Iran. But since then, the exiles have become an irritant to Iraq's new Shiite-led government, which is trying to bolster ties with Iran. The attack was the climax of days of building tensions … [Read more...]

UN human rights office calls for observers to be allowed into Iraqi camp

UN News Centre 12 April 2011 – The United Nations human rights office today called for independent observers to be allowed immediate access to a camp north of Baghdad after Iraqi security forces reportedly stormed it last Friday and killed or wounded dozens of residents. Media reports state that Iraqi security forces entered Camp Ashraf, which is home to several thousand members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq, in response to rock-throwing and threats from some camp residents. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters today in Geneva that the UN … [Read more...]

Massacre at Camp Ashraf, Statement No. 3: So Far 34 Dead, Including 8 Women, and 325 Wounded

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three days after the massacre in Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi Army on the orders of Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki, the number of defenseless residents murdered in cold blood has now reached 34, including eight women. More than 300 are wounded, with the majority suffering from major gunshot wounds. After numerous calls by families of Camp Ashraf residents, humanitarian and human rights personalities and organizations, a U.S. medical team finally went to Ashraf to treat the wounded. As a result of the delay in providing medical assistance, however, several of those wounded died in the past two days. This dire situation is also a … [Read more...]

Iraq denied assistance to Iran exiles: US military

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAGHDAD, April 10, 2011 (AFP) - Baghdad denied a US military request to provide humanitarian medical assistance to Iranian exiles wounded in deadly clashes with the Iraqi army, a spokesman for American forces said on Sunday.  "We requested to provide humanitarian medical assistance to the people of Camp Ashraf following Friday's clashes with Iraqi forces there," said Colonel Barry Johnson, a spokesman for US forces in Iraq. "The Government of Iraq has declined our request," he said in a statement to AFP.  Iraqi security and hospital officials say three people were killed in Friday's clashes with the members of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), but the … [Read more...]

Iraq Blocks U.S. Aid to Camp of Iranian Exiles After Clash

THE NEW YORK TIMES The government of Iraq continued on Saturday to block the delivery of American humanitarian aid to Iranian exiles who were wounded in clashes with the Iraqi Army at a camp north of Baghdad, an American military spokesman said. On Saturday, a spokesman for the People’s Mujahedeen, an Iranian exile organization that the United States classifies as a terrorist group, said the number of people killed Friday by the Iraqi Army rose to 33, including 8 women. Members of the group are essentially stateless but are supposed to be protected by the Geneva Conventions. The State Department and the United Nations have condemned the attack at Camp Ashraf, but the exact details … [Read more...]

EU asks Iraq to let observers into Iranian exile camp after deaths

DPA Brussels - The European Union on Saturday asked the Iraqi government to let international observers into a compound belonging to an Iranian opposition group, a day after clashes with Iraqi forces left several people dead. The EU has continuously and repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to refrain from the use of violence and to respect the human rights of the camp's residents,' the bloc's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, said in a statement. Camp Ashraf, located in the northern province of Diyala, is home to the People's Mujahidin of Iran (PMOI), an organization founded in 1965 to oppose the government of the shah. In 1981, it started an armed campaign against … [Read more...]

Iran Rebel Deaths Blamed on Iraq

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The U.S. State Department and Iraq's government came under pressure from Congress Saturday over an Iraqi military attack on the camp of a controversial Iranian resistance movement that appears to have killed dozens. The movement, the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, known as the MEK, said Saturday the death toll from the clash had risen to 33, after two of the wounded died. The group said about 325 others had been wounded, 170 by gunshot wounds. Those claims could not been independently verified. The clash prompted U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was visiting Iraq, to call on Baghdad to exercise restraint Friday, but on Saturday Congress was … [Read more...]

UNAMI concerned over reports of violent incidents in Ashraf Camp

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Baghdad, 8 April 2011, The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is concerned over reports of recent violent incidents in Ashraf camp resulting in deaths and injuries. UNAMI reiterates that efforts are needed to stop violence and aim at peacefully resolving all issues. UNAMI calls for restraint and respect for humanitarian and human rights and urges the Iraqi authorities to provide humanitarian assistance in this regard and access to medical services. UNAMI’s mandate includes the promotion of human rights in Iraq, and the Mission’s Human Rights Office regularly assesses the situation in and around the camp. The UN … [Read more...]