March 28, 2017

U.N. urges Iraq to move Iranian dissidents to new camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iraq on Wednesday to speed up the transfer of Iranian dissidents at a camp near Baghdad to a temporary facility which the dissident group has compared to a prison. Camp Ashraf, 40 miles from Baghdad, has been home for 25 years to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist organization. The current Iraqi government has never concealed its desire get rid of the camp. Under pressure from the United Nations and European Union, Baghdad extended its deadline to close Ashraf late last year from December 31, 2011 to … [Read more...]

UN complains to Iraq over attack on dissident camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations has complained to Iraq about mortar attacks this week on an Iranian dissident camp near Baghdad and has won a promise that they will be stopped, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday. Two mortars hit Camp Ashraf on Sunday, just days after Baghdad extended a year-end deadline for the facility to be closed as the United Nations negotiated resettlement of 3,000 residents there. Camp Ashraf, 40 miles (65 km) from Baghdad, has been home for 25 years to the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist organization. The U.N. special envoy to … [Read more...]

UN Secretary-General, Welcoming Memorandum of Understanding on Relocation of Camp New Iraq Residents, Warns That Forcible Solution Would Be ‘Unacceptable’

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York Secretary-General, Welcoming Memorandum of Understanding on Relocation of Camp New Iraq Residents, Warns That Forcible Solution Would Be ‘Unacceptable’ The following statement was issued on 26 December by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General welcomes the signing on 25 December of a Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and the Government of Iraq for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf).  He believes that the agreement lays the foundation for a peaceful and durable solution to the situation, respecting both … [Read more...]

Statement from UNHCR Regarding Solutions for the Residents of Camp Ashraf

Statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, Regarding Solutions for the Residents of Camp New Iraq (Ashraf) GENEVA – I want to express my deep appreciation for the tireless efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, to reach an agreement with the Government of Iraq regarding a process for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (former Camp Ashraf). UNHCR is fully engaged in this initiative and looks forward to the voluntary and peaceful transfer of the asylum seekers to a temporary site so that UNHCR can proceed immediately with the determination of their status in accordance … [Read more...]

Ban welcomes deal on voluntary relocation of Iranian exiles

UN News Center 27 December 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an agreement between the United Nations and the Iraqi Government that provides for the voluntary relocation of residents of a camp hosting Iranian exiles, saying the pact lays the foundation for a peaceful and durable solution to the issue. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Sunday stipulates that the Government will relocate the residents of Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, to a temporary transit location where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will start a process of refugee status determination, a necessary first step for their resettlement outside Iraq. In a … [Read more...]

Statement by the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on Camp Ashraf

The following statement was issued on 26 December by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General welcomes the signing on 25 December of a Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and the Government of Iraq for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf). He believes that the agreement lays the foundation for a peaceful and durable solution to the situation, respecting both the sovereignty of Iraq and its international humanitarian and human rights obligations. The Memorandum of Understanding is the result of intense negotiations between his Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, and … [Read more...]

Martin Kobler Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Iraqi Government for Voluntary Relocation of Residents of Camp New Iraq

UNAMI Press Releases Baghdad, 25 December 2011- The United Nations and the Government of Iraq signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a humanitarian and peaceful resolution of the situation of the residents of camp New Iraq (former Ashraf). The MoU was signed on behalf of the United Nations by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, and on behalf of the Government of Iraq by the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Mr. Faleh Fayad. “The United Nations involvement in this issue has been from a purely humanitarian perspective. It has done its utmost as an impartial facilitator to … [Read more...]

UN-Iraq calls on Europe to take Iranian camp members

AFP BAGHDAD - European states should agree to accept members of an exiled Iranian group whose base in Iraq is being threatened with closure at year-end, the United Nations' special envoy to Baghdad said on Monday. Martin Kobler also called for the Iraqi government to extend the date of the closure of Camp Ashraf, which has been home to several thousand members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) since the 1980s. "I appeal to the governments of all UN member states, however in particular to the Europeans, to take Camp Ashraf residents into their countries," Kobler told AFP following a ceremony to mark International Human Rights Day, which was on December … [Read more...]

U.N. Wants Iraq to Extend Iranian Dissidents’ Camp Deadline

ASSOCIATED PRESS UNITED NATIONS –  Iraq should extend its Dec. 31 deadline for closing a camp of Iranian dissidents, and third-party nations should accept its residents for resettlement to prevent a violent standoff, the U.N. envoy for the country said Tuesday. Martin Kobler, the U.N. special representative, told the Security Council Tuesday that camp residents' lives must be protected and that their forced removal would be "ill-advised and unacceptable." Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said Camp Ashraf, housing more than 3,000 members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, must be closed by year's end. Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N. Hamid Al-Bayati told the … [Read more...]

Iraq: UN calls for more time to resolve issue of camp residents

UN News Center United Nations – The United Nations envoy for Iraq today voiced concern over the situation in a camp housing several thousand Iranian exiles and urged the Iraqi Government to extend the deadline for closing down the settlement as efforts continue o find a peaceful solution that conforms with international law. Situated in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, Camp Ashraf houses members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran. The Iraqi Government has repeatedly stated its intention to close down the camp by 31 December and to transfer residents to another location until countries willing to accept them for resettlement are found. Residents want to remain in … [Read more...]