October 24, 2017

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top U.N. official in Iraq ‘misled’ world on camp for Iranians

THE WASHINGTON TIMES The top U.N. official in Iraq directed his staff to cover up the prisonlike conditions of a relocation camp for Iranian dissidents in reports to the world body, said a former U.N. official who has resigned in protest. In his first interview since leaving his post, Tahar Boumedra told The Washington Times […]

UN urges peaceful solution to Camp Ashraf standoff

ASSOCIATED PRESS UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Iraqi government and an Iranian opposition group that was given refuge in the country during Saddam Hussein’s rule on Monday to work together to peacefully complete the group’s relocation without further delay. Nearly 2,000 members of The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran have […]

Iranian exiles decry conditions at new Iraq camp

IRIN (the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) BAGHDAD, 12 March 2012 (IRIN) – Some 3,500 Iranian dissidents in Iraq – members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) opposed to Iran’s current government – are protesting their transfer to a new camp on the outskirts of […]

UN welcomes start of relocation of Iranian exiles to new camp in Iraq

UN NEWS CENTRE The United Nations has welcomed today’s safe relocation of about 400 residents of the Iraqi settlement formerly known as Camp Ashraf to a new transit centre elsewhere in the country, calling it “the first step towards a better future” for the residents, who are Iranian exiles.The 400 people who voluntarily relocated today […]

Ban calls for start of relocation of Iranian exiles living in camp in Iraq

UN News Centre 15 February 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the start of the relocation of residents of the settlement in Iraq formerly known as Camp Ashraf, urging the Government and the camp dwellers to continue to cooperate so that the process can be carried out in a peaceful manner. “The Secretary-General reiterates […]

UN Secretary General’s Statement on Camp Ashraf

New York, 15 February 2012 – Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Camp Ashraf The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in Camp Ashraf. Over the past few months, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), under the leadership of his Special Representative, Martin Kobler, and in close cooperation with UNHCR, the European […]