Protection of Camp Ashraf
We warn about massacre of 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf (home of Iranian dissidents for over 25 years) in Iraq. Up to this point, Iraqi especial millitary forces under the command of Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki have killed 47 of these defenceless and unarmed refugees and injured about 1000 of others in two deadly assaults at the behest of the Iranian regime.
It is almost three years that this camp is under an inhumane siege which also deprives patients and wounded from access to medical treatment resulting in a number of them losing their lives. It is now close to two years that Ashraf residents are being psychologically tortured day and night by 300 loudspeakers and months ago.
While the UNHCR has declared Ashraf residents "asylum-seekers" who must enjoy international protection, Maliki and the Iraqi government has threatend to evacuate Camp Ashraf and forcibly transfer its residents to other locations in Iraq. Relocating residents of Ashraf inside Iraq, is a Crime against Humanity and is a prelude to a grand massacre that has been devised by the Iranian theocratic fascist rulers and the government of Iraq. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that the Iranian regime and its elements in Iraq intend to bar the progress of UN projects, especially those of the UNHCR, by all possible means and thereby obstruct a peaceful resolution to justify another deadly millitary attack against defenceless, unarmed residents of Ashraf.
In such conditions, the initiative of EU High Representative, Baroness Ashton, to appoint Ambassador Jean Du Ruyt as the EU’s special representative for Ashraf is a very worthwhile and effective measure which has our strong support. We demand his prompt visit to Ashraf to make his efforts more operative in peacefully resolving this crisis.
We also request:
- The US, EU and UN to impel Iraq to categorically remove any forcible relocation of Ashraf residents inside Iraq from the agenda;
- The US, EU and UN to impel Iraq to remove the illegal and suppressive deadline of the clouser of Ashraf by the end of 2011, until the end of the UNHCR’s work and the transfer of all Ashraf residents to third countries;
- The UN Secretary General and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to station a permanent monitoring team in Ashraf and the protection of Ashraf residents with UN blue helmet forces, until the transfer of the last person to a third country should be facilitated and guaranteed by the UN Security Council.
- The US, EU and UN to impel Iraq to bring an end to the inhumane siege and psychological torture of the residents by means of 300 loudspeakers and to allow the residents to have free access to their lawyers and medical services.