February 25, 2018

USCCAR Strongly Condemns Ambassador Jeffrey’s Demand that Iran’s Main Opposition Disband

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) strongly condemns the callous and irresponsible remarks by the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, James Jeffrey, who suggested over the weekend that the main opposition to Iran's ruling theocracy, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), must dissolve itself before its members in Camp Ashraf could be considered for refugee status. Ironically, the uprisings in Iran and the Arab Spring underscore the imperative of an organized opposition for democratic change. Ambassador Jeffrey's parroting of Tehran's call for disbanding the MEK is quite surprising and could only be viewed as an … [Read more...]

140-Day Sit-in: Iranian-Americans Call on State Department to Delist the MEK, Protect Camp Ashraf in Iraq

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, June 10, 2011, marks the 140th day of a sit-in by US families and supporters of Camp Ashraf residents, members of Iran's principal opposition to the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), across from the US Department of State. The participants have been urging the State Department to revoke the unwarranted designation of the MEK and to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq.   In July 2010, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Secretary of State's decision to maintain the MEK's designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization had been flawed because it not only … [Read more...]

USCCAR Lauds Rep. Rohrabacher’s Planned Congressional Investigation into Massacre at Camp Ashraf, Declares Readiness to Assist the Probe

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing Iranian-Americans with families residing in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, applauds the bold and courageous decision by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to hold a hearing into Iraq's massacre at Camp Ashraf last month and a possible cover up. USCCAR declares its readiness to assist the planned probe. "The shooting of unarmed women and children by Iraqi troops at Camp Ashraf is not a diplomatic incident to be explained away by our State Department," said Rep. … [Read more...]

As al-Maliki Government Embarks on Disinformation Campaign, 12 Critically Wounded in Camp Ashraf Face Death; U.S. & UN Must Intervene

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At least 12 residents of Camp Ashraf, wounded, mostly suffering from severe gunshot and shrapnel injuries, during the Iraqi Army's deadly and unprovoked April 8, 2011 attack on the unarmed residents, will die absent urgent specialized medical care. Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, is home to nearly 3,400 members of Iran's principal opposition, the People's Mojahdein Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and their families. The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) calls on President Obama, as well as Secretaries of State and Defense to order the transfer of all of Camp Ashraf's injured residents, the 12 critically … [Read more...]

USCCAR Welcomes Sen. John Kerry’s Statement on Camp Ashraf, Calls for Formation of UN Security Council-led Probe of the Massacre

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) welcomes the April 14 statement by Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, concerning the April 8 deadly assault by Iraqi forces against Camp Ashraf, which he appropriately characterized as a "massacre." While USCCAR agrees with Sen. Kerry that "the current situation at the camp is untenable" and that "the Iraqis must stop the bleeding and refrain from any further military action against Camp Ashraf," the heightened military build-up and construction inside the camp ever since the assault clearly indicate preparations for yet … [Read more...]

Massacre at Camp Ashraf, Statement No. 3: So Far 34 Dead, Including 8 Women, and 325 Wounded

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three days after the massacre in Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi Army on the orders of Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki, the number of defenseless residents murdered in cold blood has now reached 34, including eight women. More than 300 are wounded, with the majority suffering from major gunshot wounds. After numerous calls by families of Camp Ashraf residents, humanitarian and human rights personalities and organizations, a U.S. medical team finally went to Ashraf to treat the wounded. As a result of the delay in providing medical assistance, however, several of those wounded died in the past two days. This dire situation is also a … [Read more...]

Massacre at Camp Ashraf, USCCAR Statement No. 2: At least 20 Residents Killed as Iraqi Forces Launch Deadly Assault on Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The assault by 2,500 Iraqi forces against 3,400 unarmed residents of Camp Ashraf that began at 4:45 am local time Friday, April 8, has left at least 20 residents, including four women, killed and dozens wounded. The names of 11 of those killed are as follows: Nasser Sepahpour, Saeed Chavoshi, Mohammad Ghayoumi, Zohair Zakeri, Hanif Kefaie, Akbar Madadzadeh, Qassem Etemadi, Fereidoon Eini, Massoud Hajiloui, Mohammad Yazdandoust and Jafar Bareji. Two of the four murdered female residents were Nastaran Azimi and Fa'ezeh Rajabi In the course of savage assault, that began simultaneous with the visit to Iraq by US Defense … [Read more...]

US Must Act immediately to Avert Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe in Camp Ashraf as Iraqi Forces Deploy for an Attack

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Iraqi forces under orders of Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are preparing for an extensive assault on Camp Ashraf that is scheduled for Friday, 4:00 AM local time (Thursday, 9:00 PM EDT), according to Iraqi sources. The plan is to occupy all of Ashraf, similar to the attack that took place in July 28 and 29, 2009, which left 11 dead and 500 wounded. Also, in an ominous sign of Maliki's plan to attack Camp Ashraf, the US Forces Command in Iraq has ordered the US contingent that had gone to Camp Ashraf to monitor the situation to leave, according to reports from Iraq. That unit has now left the camp, thus … [Read more...]

USCCAR Condemns Iraq’s Military Deployment into Camp Ashraf, Urges US and UN Intervention to Secure Urgent Withdrawal

WASHINGTON  -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores the intrusion by columns of Iraqi Humvees and armored vehicles into Camp Ashraf midnight Saturday and the subsequent deployment of BMP armored personnel carriers and Humvees inside the camp. USCCAR calls on the United States, the United Nations Secretary General and his Special Representative to Iraq to immediately intervene to compel the Iraqi forces end this blatant violation of international law as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention and withdraw from Camp Ashraf, which is a civilian and de-militarized area. Acting at the behest of the Iranian regime, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the … [Read more...]

USCCAR Welcomes U.S. Senate Leaders’ Emphasis on the Need for U.S. and Iraqi Commitment to Protect Camp Ashraf Residents

WASHINGTON  -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) welcomes the remarks by Senate Armed Services Committee Chair and Ranking Member on the need for the U.S. and Iraqi Commitment to protect Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq, home to 3,400 members of Iran’s principal opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). In July 2004, the residents were formally granted "Protected Persons" status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the U.S. policy toward Iraq on February 3, 2011, Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), told the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Gen. Lloyd Austin, … [Read more...]