March 29, 2017

USCCAR Condemns Iraqi Government’s siege on Camp Liberty, Urges Secretary Kerry To Avert Humanitarian Crisis

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter today to the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the US families of the residents of Camp Liberty, called for his urgent intervention to avert a humanitarian crisis at the Camp in light of the Iraqi Government's imposition of further restrictions on the residents over the past few days, clearly at the behest of the regime in Tehran. "Since July 14, 2015, Iraqi security forces have prevented the entry of food, fuel and septic tankers into Camp Liberty. The Camp is currently on the brink of a humanitarian crisis because all its infrastructure, including water supply, sewage, and cooling systems as well as cooking … [Read more...]

USCCAR Demands Immediate Release of Camp Liberty Resident Taken Hostage by Iraq

Washington, DC, April 6 – The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR)strongly condemns the abduction of Mr. Safar Zakery, a resident of Camp Liberty, Iraq, by the Iraqi authorities 21 days ago and demands his immediate release. Mr. Zakery, 60, has been declared a ‘protected person’ under the Fourth Geneva Convention by the United States since 2004 and recognized as a ‘person of concern’ and ‘entitled to international protection’ by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) since 2011. On March 16, 2015, he was taken hostage by Iraqi authorities after a car accident while driving a sewage truck in the company of an Iraqi police officer and escorted by another police car. An … [Read more...]

U.S. Families of Camp Liberty Residents to Join the Worldwide Hunger Strikes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. families of thousands of Iranian dissidents, members of Iran's principal opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), who reside in Camp Liberty, Iraq, have volunteered to join an indefinite hunger strike outside the White House beginning today. The DC hunger strikers will be joining hundreds of others at Camp Liberty, in London, Berlin, Rome, Geneva, Stockholm, Ottawa and Melbourne, who have been on a hunger strike since September 2, 2013, demanding action to secure the release of seven residents of Camp Ashraf, including six women, taken hostage by the Iraqi security forces during the September 1 massacre at the … [Read more...]

State Department Official Absolves Iraq’s Prime Minister of Responsibility in Massacre of 52 Iranian Dissidents, Abduction of 7, and Carnage in Iraq

President Obama Needs to Intervene Immediately WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a hearing on November 13, 2013 by the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, Brett McGurk, when faced with repeated questions by several subcommittee members over the breach of commitments by the US Government and Iraq to protect thousands of Iranian dissidents in Iraq, resulting in the murder of 112 defenseless residents of Camp Ashraf, attempted to exonerate the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of any role in the execution-style murder of 52 residents of Camp Ashraf and the abduction of seven more on … [Read more...]

USCCAR Calls on Obama Administration to Hold Iraq Accountable for September 1 Massacre At Camp Ashraf and to Save Seven Abducted Residents

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores the failure by the White House to hold the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki accountable for the September 1 massacre of 52 defenseless residents of Camp Ashraf, members of principal opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The State Department  has maintained that it "has no credible information indicating that the Government of Iraq was or is involved with any activities regarding the abduction or detention" of the seven residents of Camp Ashraf during the massacre. The facts suggest otherwise. Hours after the massacre, CNN quoted "Two officials … [Read more...]

United States Bears Legal, Moral Responsibility to Act Immediately to Stop Imminent Massacre at Camp Ashraf

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) has learned of information indicating Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, directed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei through Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, is preparing to commit another massacre in Camp Ashraf imminently. The US Government must act swiftly and decisively now to warn Maliki against any attacks, secure the release of 7 residents who were taken hostage on September 1st by the Iraqi Forces, and condemn the Maliki Government for last Sunday's massacre. Emboldened by the utter absence of a firm reaction by the US government and President Obama to the … [Read more...]

US Families of Camp Ashraf Residents Demand US Protection for Their Loved Ones, Not More Hollow Promises

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), on behalf of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones in Camp Ashraf in Iraq were executed one-by-one on September 1 by the Iraqi forces acting on orders from the Iranian regime, calls on the US President Barak Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take immediate measures to provide the US-promised protection for our loved ones in camps Ashraf and Liberty. Until January 2011, Camp Ashraf was home to some 3,400 members and sympathizers of Iran's principal opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their families. Since then, the residents have been … [Read more...]

USCCAR Condemns Third Rocket Attack on Camp Liberty, Deplores Inaction by State Department

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), on behalf of hundreds of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones in Iraq's Camp Liberty were the target of a massive Tehran-engineered rocket attack today, deplores the US government's indifference toward a dire humanitarian situation despite its assurances that relocation to Liberty would ensure the safety of the residents. Some 3,100 members of Iran's principal opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) have been living at Camp Liberty since January 2012 after they left Camp Ashraf and following US and UN assurances about their safety and security. About one-third of the … [Read more...]

USCCAR Urges Secretary Kerry to Facilitate Immediate Return of Residents of Iraq’s Camp Liberty “Killing Field” to Camp Ashraf

PRNEWSWIRE WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), on behalf of hundreds of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones in Iraq's Camp Liberty were the target of the Tehran-engineered rocket attack last weekend, has written to the US Secretary of State John Kerry to urge him to facilitate the immediate return of Camp Liberty residents to Camp Ashraf where they are far better protected against such attacks. Saturday's cowardly attack, which left seven residents killed and more than 100 seriously wounded, attests to the fact that this camp is neither safe nor secure for the residents whom the UN Refugee Agency has recognized as … [Read more...]

US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) Lauds MEK’s Delisting by Secretary Clinton

The delisting, while long overdue, is a courageous and correct decision by Secretary Clinton WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones are facing a humanitarian crisis as refugees in Camp Liberty in Iraq, lauds the removal of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations by Secretary Hillary Clinton. The dark chapter of the blacklisting of the MEK, the most distinct feature of the policy of placating Iran's ruling regime, is now behind us. USCCAR is hopeful that this courageous move by Secretary Clinton … [Read more...]