The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has published an article about the resolution regarding the rights of members of the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), in Camp Liberty in Iraq.
Senator John McCain submitted the text of the resolution to the Senate Committee. The NCRI state: “The resolution was passed unanimously at a session of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, chaired by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), on July 14, 2016.”
The committee’s Ranking Member, Senator Ben Cardin, said at the session that he supports the resolution (which is also known as “S. CON. RES. 42”).
Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked at the meeting to be “added as a co-sponsor of S-Con Res. 42”, “adding that she appreciates that the committee was endorsing the text at this time”.
Speaking about the 4th July terrorist rocket attack carried out by a militia affiliated to the Iranian regime in Iraq, Senator Bob Menendez said: “I appreciate that we are moving the Resolution calling on the Government of Iraq, the United Nations, and the United States government to commit to expediting a workable resettlement process for the people of Camp Liberty. We are reminded of the danger they face, just this past 4th of July, when attacks were once again upon Camp Liberty, as a reality of everyday life there.”
He added: “It is the United States, when we invaded Iraq that went to the MEK and said that we want you to give up your weapons and in return we will guarantee you your security. Well they did that and much more. They gave us information about Iran’s nuclear program, they have continued to do so. And yet we have not, from my perspective, done what is necessary to secure the guarantee that we gave. I hope that this resolution moves it forward so that they could be resettled safely outside of Iraq and continue to enjoy the freedoms of liberty.”
The NCRI highlighted that on 18th May 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee “unanimously approved and referred to the House Floor a similar bipartisan resolution calling for ‘safety and security’ of the members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) living in Camp Liberty, Iraq”.
The text of the Senate resolution can be read on the NCRI’s website here.