March 28, 2017

Protect Iran’s Freedom Fighters in Camp Ashraf

TIME In the early hours of Friday, April 8, while Washington and the media focused on a possible government shutdown, the Iraqi army assaulted a camp of Iranian civilians, called Camp Ashraf, murdering at least 28 residents and wounding hundreds more. Though the Iraqi government has claimed that only three people were killed and describes the events as an attempt to reclaim farmland, a U.N. inspection team found 28 bodies, including those of women, and determined that most were shot to death. Iraqi officials have not allowed journalists to visit the camp. Located in northwestern Iraq, 120 km (75 miles) from the Iranian border, Camp Ashraf has for more than 20 years been the home … [Read more...]

UNAMI worried over Camp Ashraf incidents

Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq) BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has expressed concern over the recent incidents that took place in northeast Iraq’s Camp Ashraf that hosts the Iranian opposition group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) refugees. “UNAMI has been on continuous contact with the Iraqi authorities regarding the incidents in Camp Ashraf on April 7-8,” according to a UNAMI press release as received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The statement reiterated the need to continue helping the Iraqi government find a solution to the issue based on the international human rights law. It pointed out that UNAMI, after a visit to observe the conditions in … [Read more...]

UNAMI expresses concern over events at Camp Ashraf

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Press Release Baghdad, 16 April 2011 --The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been in close contact with the Iraqi Authorities with regard to the events of 7-8 April in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Following a monitoring visit to the camp on Wednesday, 13 April, UNAMI met with the Iraqi authorities and shared with them the initial findings, confirming the death of 34 people with dozens injured. UNAMI has expressed deep concern over the events and has repeatedly urged the Government of Iraq (GoI) to refrain from the use of force. UNAMI has noted the initiative of the GoI to establish a commission of inquiry and expects such a … [Read more...]

Iraq: UN mission voices deep concern at recent camp deaths

UN News Centre 16 April 2011 – The United Nations mission in Iraq today voiced its deep concern at the recent events that led to the deaths of 34 people at a camp housing Iranian exiles, noting that it has repeatedly urged the Government to refrain from the use of force. The Iraqi military operation on 8 April at Camp Ashraf, located north of Baghdad, also left dozens of people injured. The camp houses an Iranian exile group known as the People's Mojahedeen of Iran. The mission (UNAMI) has been in close contact with the Iraqi Authorities regarding the incident and carried out a visit to the camp on 13 April, during which it confirmed the number of deaths and injuries. It has … [Read more...]

Massacre proves the dangers of Iran’s influence in Iraq

THE BOSTON GLOBE (Editorial) AS THE United States prepares to withdraw most, if not all, of its troops fromIraq by year’s end, Iran’s pervasive influence in that country becomes an ever more worrisome concern. And now a deadly assault by Iraqi security forces on an Iranian opposition group living inside Iraq — an attack that Senator John Kerry rightly termed a massacre — ought to set off alarms in Washington about the subservience of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the regime in Tehran. The Iranian dissident group known as the PMOI has a checkered history. It played a prominent role in the uprising against the shah, then came into conflict with the theocratic regime of … [Read more...]

UN official urges probe into Iraq camp deaths

Associated Press GENEVA - The U.N.'s human rights chief called Friday for an independent probe into the deaths of at least 34 people during last week's Iraqi military raid on a camp housing Iranian exiles, some of whom she said appeared to have been crushed to death. The April 8 operation against the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which seeks to overthrow Iran's clerical leaders, drew sharp rebukes from Baghdad's Western allies. "It now seems certain that at least 34 people were killed in Camp Ashraf, including seven or more women," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. "Most were shot, and some appear to have been crushed to death, presumably by … [Read more...]

Pillay condemns Iraqi operation that led to 34 deaths, calls for inquiry

Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned a lethal Iraqi military operation in a camp housing an Iranian exile group that left at least 34 people dead and dozens injured, said there must be an independent inquiry, and called on governments to consider resettlement to third countries as a matter of urgency. “Full details of what exactly happened on the morning of 8 April are still only beginning to emerge,” Pillay said. “But it now seems certain that at least 34 people were killed in Camp Ashraf, including seven or more women. Most were shot, and some appear to have been crushed to death, … [Read more...]

UN rights chief urges probe of deaths at Iraqi camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief on Friday called for an independent investigation into the deaths of 34 people at an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq after Iraqi security forces moved against it last week. “It now seems certain that at least 34 people were killed in Camp Ashraf, including seven or more women,” U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said. “Most were shot, and some appear to have been crushed to death, presumably by vehicles.” A U.N. spokesman said on Thursday that U.N. officials had visited the camp and viewed the 34 bodies. The fatality count was the same number of deaths Camp Ashraf residents had reported. Their death toll was disputed … [Read more...]

UN rights chief seeks Iran exile camp probe

Agence France Press GENEVA — United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday called for an independent inquiry into the Iraqi military's raid at an Iranian exiles' camp which left at least 34 people dead. "The Iraqi military were well aware of the risks attached to launching an operation like this in Ashraf," Pillay said, referring to the name of the camp located in the north of Baghdad. "There is no possible excuse for this number of casualties. There must be a full, independent and transparent inquiry, and any person found responsible for use of excessive force should be prosecuted." The People's Mujahedeen of Iran, which runs the camp, said that 300 people had been … [Read more...]

Denouncing Iraqi operation, UN rights chief calls for inquiry into camp deaths

UN News Centre 15 April 2011 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned a recent Iraqi military operation in a camp north of Baghdad that left 34 people dead and dozens injured, and called for an independent inquiry into the incident. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said full details of what actually happened on the morning of 8 April at Camp Ashraf, which houses an Iranian exile group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran, are only beginning to emerge. “But it now seems certain that at least 34 people were killed in Camp Ashraf, including seven or more women. Most were shot, and some appear to have been crushed to death, presumably by … [Read more...]