Iraq: American Lawmakers Unwelcome over Iranian Camp Ashraf Inquiry

Stop Fundamentalism 11 June 2011

Congressman Dana RohrabacherStop Fundamentalism, 11 June, 2011 - The members of the Iranian opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in Camp Ashraf, Iraq which was the scene of a massacre last April leaving 34 residents killed and over 300 wounded are the subject of a row between an American Congress Subcommittee delegation and the Nouri al-Maliki government.

The delegation headed by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, traveled to Baghdad Friday requesting a visit to Camp Ashraf to find out what transpired there on April 8 when Iraqi troops using armored vehicles and live ammunition staged an assault on the unarmed residents of the camp.

Camp Ashraf: A Humanitarian Challenge for the European Union

Sharam Taromsary 06 June 2011

Sharam Taromsary
Following the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European Union in Brussels, 23 May, speaking at a press briefing, Baroness Ashton, Vice-President of the European Commission told reporters that along with Syria and Libya, Camp Ashraf was one of the subjects of discussion. She had pledged earlier at a plenary session of European Parliament to bring up Camp Ashraf, at the meeting. The European Parliament Delegation to Iraq has proposed a plan to resolve the situation by removing the residents from the camp and relocating them in other countries in Europe and North America.

Any long-term solution however, first requires immediate and effective protection of Ashraf’s residents in place to prevent more killing. Europe needs to take the initiative to involve the United Nations and the United States in offering real safety to these unarmed people. If that is not possible, then Europe should take the lead and consider providing its own forces to prevent another massacre. The international mandate exists: parliaments in 35 countries, as well as all human rights authorities, have asserted the rights of Ashraf residents to be protected.

Camp Ashraf - Iraq Preparing New Assault on Iranian Opposition

Nima 02 June 2011

Stop Fundamentalism, 2 June 2011 - Iraqi forces present at the Iranian refugee campground Ashraf, in Iraq show new suspicious activities, opening 10 passageways in fences surrounding the camp preparing for a possible new assault, said the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in a statement today.

A number of Iraqi military Commanders are present at the camp since Wednesday, 1 June, to make these preparations, reports NCRI.

The passageways could facilitate Iraqi armored vehicles access to inside the camp into streets and residential areas where unarmed civilians, residents of Camp Ashraf live.

Iraq Continues Clampdown on Camp Ashraf Residents

Nima 02 June 2011

In the aftermath of the 8 April massacre at Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi forces, and swarms of international condemnations, the residents of the camp continue to complain about the repressive measures by the Iraqi forces surrounding the camp.

On 19 May 2011, at a meeting with European Union ambassadors, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari said, “Iraqi officials have initiated a series of measures to guarantee and provide humanitarian services, medical treatment and food supplies in Ashraf.”

Despite these promises, the siege on the camp has not stopped and for that reason, the health condition at the camp is rapidly declining, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

In a statement released on 1 June, the NCRI said that Iraqi forces are preventing sewage dumps, causing increased hygiene problems and endangering health of the residents. The sewage dump area of the camp is located in sections that were occupied by Iraqi forces on the 8 April attack which caused 35 deaths among the civilian residents. Iraqi forces are baring the residents from enter the section.

VP European Union: Camp Ashraf displacement, a Call for Catastrophe

Nima 26 May 2011

Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice President of the European UntionStop Fundamentalism, 26 May 2011 - Speaking at a conference held at the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday, Spanish conservative MEP Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice President of the European Parliament rejected any suggestion for forced displacement of Camp Ashraf residents to another location in Iraq as a call for another massacre, reported AFP.

He was referring to a raid by Iraqi forces on 8 April this year on the Iranian dissident Camp Ashraf north of Baghdad.  The raid cost the lives of 8 women and 26 men.   They were mostly shot directly by the Iraqi soldiers.

Rajavi Calls on Ashton for Urgent Camp Ashraf Resolution

nima 23 May 2011

Maryam RajaviStop Fundamentalism, 23 May 2011 – President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran called on High Representative Catherine Ashton of the European Union for “urgent measures to protect residents of Ashraf and to prevent a new humanitarian catastrophe.”

In her letter, Mrs. Rajavi called for the support of the European Parliament’s initiative to resolve the crisis at Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

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