March 26, 2017

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

UNAMI calls for continued consultations on Camp Ashraf

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Press Release Baghdad-14 December 2009- At different meetings with representatives of the Government of Iraq and with representatives of the diplomatic community in Baghdad, UNAMI has continued to promote further consultations concerning the future of the residents of Camp Ashraf. In light of the Government’s announcement that initial steps will be undertaken on 15 December, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ad Melkert, has reiterated the UN’s concern that any action should be based on the principle that residents should be protected from forcible deportation, expulsion or repatriation contrary to the … [Read more...]

UNAMI continued concern over the humanitarian situation at Camp Ashraf

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Press Release Baghdad-26 October 2009: During his recent meeting with representatives of the diplomatic community in Baghdad, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General-for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert expressed continued concern over the humanitarian situation at Camp Ashraf. He confirmed UNAMI's commitment for the duration of this critical period to monitor the situation in the Camp on daily basis. Over the past few years the UNAMI and the High Commissioner on Human Rights have been closely monitoring the situation in Camp Ashraf, exploring possible assistance in reaching a resolution that is consistent with Iraq’s … [Read more...]

Top UN envoy concerned over conditions in Iraqi camp

UN News Centre 26 October 2009 – The top United Nations envoy to Iraq has expressed his concerns over the humanitarian situation in a camp north of Baghdad, housing thousands of Iranian dissidents. Some 3,400 members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq, live in Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala province. During talks with diplomats the Iraqi capital, Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, confirmed the commitment of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) to monitor the situation in the camp on a daily basis. Earlier this month, UN human rights officials welcomed the Government’s decision to release 36 … [Read more...]