March 28, 2017

UN asks Iraq to extend dissident camp deadline

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE The United Nations on Tuesday appealed to the Iraqi government to push back a December 31 deadline to close an Iranian dissident camp north of Baghdad, warning of a growing risk of violence. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also renewed appeals to the international community to find a home for the estimated 3,400 Iranian exiles at Camp Ashraf. Amid heightened international concerns, the UN envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler, told the UN Security Council many "obstacles" remain to ending doubts over how to end the camp standoff. The positions of the residents and the government "remain far apart," Kobler told the 15-member council. There is "a real danger of … [Read more...]

U.N. urges states to take Iranian dissidents in Iraq

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Dec 5, 2011 - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged nations to accept residents of a camp of Iranian dissidents in Iraq that Baghdad has vowed to close by the end of the year, according to a report released on Monday. "In order to find a durable solution for the camp residents, it is essential that potential third countries indicate their willingness to receive them for resettlement," Ban said in his latest report to the Security Council on the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).  Ban said he and other senior U.N. officials "have been encouraging member states in this regard." The U.N. Security Council will review Ban's report at a … [Read more...]

EU urges Iraq to allow more time for Ashraf solution

REUTERS BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The European Union urged Iraq on Tuesday to allow time for the United Nations to determine the status of residents of a camp of Iranian dissidents that Baghdad has threatened to deport by the year-end. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been trying to arrange to interview the 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf to see which of them qualifies for refugee status to permit their resettlement, but Iraq has not allowed this. Members of the European Parliament called on EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to step up pressure on Iraq to extend the year-end deadline it has set for the closure of the camp to allow the interview … [Read more...]

UN to broker deal between Iraq, Iranian exiles

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) — In a last-ditch attempt to head off a confrontation, the top U.N. envoy to Iraq on Thursday offered to broker the peaceful closing of a camp of Iranian exiles before the government in Baghdad forces its residents out at the end of the year. An aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Iraq's Cabinet would consider easing its deadline if a solution can be agreed on quickly. At issue is a group of about 3,300 exiles at the remote Camp Ashraf in Iraq's eastern Diyala province who seek the overthrow of Tehran's clerical rulers. Members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, they won refuge at Ashraf decades ago during the regime of Saddam … [Read more...]

UNHCR: Camp Ashraf residents are “asylum seekers”

National Council of Resistance of Iran - Press Release NCRI - The United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) declared in a statement that the residents of Camp Ashraf are "formally asylum seekers" and called on the Government of Iraq (GoI) to extend "the deadline for the closure of the Camp."  "International law requires that they must be able to benefit from basic protection of their security and well-being. This includes protection against any expulsion or return to the frontiers of territories where their lives or freedom would be threatened (the non-refoulement principle)" the statement added. The statement that was issued on September 13, 2011, coinciding with the … [Read more...]

Iraq: UN stresses that exiled camp residents must not be deported

UN News Centre 29 August 2011 – The United Nations today stressed that residents of a camp in Iraq housing Iranian exiles must be protected from deportation or expulsion, and pledged to continue helping the country’s Government to 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 UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have sought the protection of the camp’s residents, while exploring ways of assisting the Iraqi Government to find a resolution that is consistent with the country’s … [Read more...]

UNAMI calls on Government of Iraq to abide by international law in dealing with Ashraf Camp

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq  Baghdad, 29 August 2011: Over the past few years the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the High Commissioner for Human Rights have been closely monitoring the situation in Camp Ashraf, exploring possible assistance in reaching a resolution that is consistent with Iraq's sovereignty rights and international law. 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 camp Ashraf from a purely human rights and humanitarian perspective. The UN continues to advocate that Camp Ashraf residents be protected from forcible deportation, … [Read more...]

UN mission concerned about use of force in Iraq

United Nations Radio The UN mission in Iraq is in discussions with authorities there regarding the military operation at a camp housing Iranian exiles where at least 34 people died and dozens of others were injured. UNAMI has expressed concern about the events at the camp housing Iranians belonging to the People’s Mujahadeen of Iran which opposes the government. UNAMI has visited Camp Ashraf to find out what happened on April 7th and 8th, when Iraqi soldiers mounted the operation in the camp. UN spokesman Farhan Haq has more. “The UN Assistance mission for Iraq, (UNAMI) has been in close contact with Iraqi authorities with regards to the events of 7 and 8 April at Camp Ashraf. … [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...]