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Sunday July 23, 2017

Euro MPs Welcome Appointment of EU Special Envoy for Camp Ashraf

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MEPs stressed that installations of two new telecommunication towers and jamming and surveillance equipment along-side the current 300 powerful loudspeakers continuously torturing the residents of Ashraf are matters of serious concern that must be addressed immediately. "This clearly demonstrates that the Iraqi government and their Iranian sponsors are preparing the grounds for another violent assault," said the statement issued by the EP intergroup Friends of a Free Iran (FoFI) Thursday.

The meeting took place following the appointment of a special envoy by Baroness Ashton, EU High Representative, to Ashraf. Appointment of Ambassador Jean De Ruyt to this post announced on Monday was widely welcomed by MEPs.

Prior to this development, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) declared the 3400 residents of Ashraf as "asylum seekers" that rendered international protection to them.

In their statement the MEPs demanded the removal of the Iraqi government's deadline to close Ashraf and called upon the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to station UN observers in Ashraf to avert another massacre of the residents. They also urged the newly appointed EU envoy to visit Camp Ashraf as a first priority of his mandate.

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