News about the Looming Humanitarian Crisis for Camp Ashraf Residents
Monday, October 20, 2008
European Parliament, Resolution on Iran and Camp
Thursday, September 4, 2008
"Whereas there are grounds for concern that members and associates of
the Iranian opposition who are regrouped and protected in Camp Ashraf
in Northern Iraq by US-led multinational forces under Article 27 of
the Fourth Geneva Convention may be under threat of being expelled or
forcibly returned to Iran, where they could face heavy persecution and
possibly even the death penalty;
(European Parliament) Calls on the Iraqi and US authorities not to
forcibly return to Iran any Iranian opposition members, refugees and
asylum seekers who would be at serious risk of persecution and, in
particular, to work together with the UN High Commissioner for
Refugees and others to find a satisfactory long-term solution to the
situation of those currently in Camp Ashraf.
We Must Not Let History Repeat Itself
By: Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Vallely and Alireza Jafarzadeh
Middle East Times, October 17, 2008
Paul E. Vallely (MG, U.S. Army Ret) is the chairman of Stand Up
America USA, and Alireza Jafarzadeh is the author of "The Iran Threat:
President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis." (Palgrave, 2008)
KEEP ASHRAF OUT OF IRAN'S HANDS -- The lives of the 3,500 Iranian
refugee rebels at Camp Ashraf in Iraq must not be put in jeopardy.
The United States has a central role to play, and must prevent the
transfer of Ashraf to the Iraqi security forces.
"We fear we will end up with a situation like Srebrenica," said an
Iranian woman whose brother and a number of family members reside in
Camp Ashraf, an area 40 miles north of Baghdad, where more than 3,500
exiled members of the main Iranian opposition group, the People's
Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their families have
resided since 1986.
This young woman and dozens of other Iranian-Americans whose family
members reside in Ashraf have been protesting in front of the U.N.
Headquarters in New York since September. Concerned with the possible
transfer of Camp Ashraf from U.S. personnel to Iraqi security forces,
she said "it is like putting foxes in charge of the chicken coop."
Iranian influence in Iraq is heavy. Iraq's governmental institutions
are fragile and its security forces are heavily infiltrated by Iran's
mercenaries, whose terrorist acts are well-documented by the coalition
forces. How can one reasonably feel confident about such an
America's Obligations to Protect the Iranian
By Raymond Tanter
Human Events, July 15, 2008
During the 2003 Iraq invasion, U.S. forces bombed and then disarmed
members of the MEK -- Mujahedeen-e Khalq -- an Iranian opposition
group that had been given refuge in Iraq. Now under U.S. protection in
Camp Ashraf in Iraq, MEK members face a bleak future if U.S. forces
hand over control of the base to the Iraqi government or withdraw
precipitously from Iraq. The U.S. government has obligations under the
Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law refugees cannot
be dispersed to a country where they would face persecution -- to
protect the MEK.
The U.S. military provided protection but is under
pressure by the Iranian regime and its allies in Iraq to allow the Government of
Iraq to provide security for the MEK or the PMOI -- People's Mojahedin of Iran.
But Baghdad is beholden to Tehran: Rather than protect the Iranian
oppositionists, Iraqi security forces may choose to assassinate, slaughter, or
kidnap them for transfer to Iran where public hangings await them. Read More
Documents say Iran aids militias from Iraq
The New York TimesRead More
Sunday, October 19, 2008
WASHINGTON — ... Such is a typical day at a dusty military base
outside Tehran, where for the past several years members of the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force and Lebanese Hezbollah
operatives have trained Iraqi Shiites to launch attacks against
American forces in Iraq, according to accounts given to American
interrogators by captured Iraqi fighters.
American officials have long cited Iranian training and weapons as
reasons for the lethality of attacks by Shiite fighters in Iraq.
Iranian officials deny that such training takes place.
Now, more than 80 pages of newly declassified intelligence
documents for the first time describe in detail an elaborate network used by
Iraqis to gain entry into Iran and train under Iranian supervision. They offer
the most comprehensive account to date to support American claims about Iranian
efforts to build a proxy force in Iraq. Those claims have become highly
politicized, with Bush administration critics charging that accounts of Iranian
involvement have been exaggerated.