Iranian Meddling in Iraq an Ominous Threat
East Times, October 24, 2008
By DAVID DREW, a Member of Parliament in the
United Kingdom from the Labour and Cooperative Party ... Regrettably there are
reports that the U.S. authorities in Iraq have agreed in principle to hand over
security of Ashraf to Iraqi forces despite the Iraqi government's June 17
announcement. Such a handover would itself violate the "Principle of
Non-Refoulement," which is enshrined in international law and international
It would also send all the wrong signals to Tehran which would interpret it
as a further sign of U.S. impotence in countering its nefarious outlaw
activities in Iraq. Both democratic-minded Sunnis and Shiites would see the
handover of Ashraf to the regime's proxies as a sign of U.S. abandonment of its
promises of creating a stable and democratic Iraq in which law and order is
The United Nations has condemned Iran on no less than 54 occasions for
flagrant human rights abuses, which include the execution of over 120,000 PMOI
sympathizers. Handing over the 4,000 brave men and women of Ashraf to the Iraqi
administration as Tehran desires is tantamount to sending them to their
slaughter – a stain that no U.S. administration should tolerate on its record.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should now compel the George W.
Bush administration not to succumb to Tehran's unlawful demand. Read More
IACNC Rallies Support for Ashraf
The Bulletin, October 22, 2008
United Nations - Demonstrators from the Iranian-American Community of Northern
California (IACNC) gathered outside the United Nations on Thursday in a show of
support for the Iraqi city of Ashraf.
Situated approximately 22 miles north of Baghdad and approximately 47 miles
west of the Iranian border, the Iraqi city is home to 3,500 émigrés who fled the
governments of the shah and mullahs in Iran.
Ashraf is the base of the resistance group Mujahedin Khalq (MEK), also known
as the People's Mujahedin of Iran. MEK advocates the overthrow of the Iranian
regime in power and the establishment of a democratic government in its place
and has been labeled as a terrorist group by the Bush administration.
Volunteers from IACNC erected a collage that graphically portrayed the
Iranian regime's atrocities - a visceral condemnation of the persecution the
supporters of MEK are subjected to.
The demonstrators demanded that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intervene
to insure that: The remaining American forces in Iraq continue to protect the
residents of Camp Ashraf; and The removal restrictions to the rights of Ashraf
residents as well as their being recognized as political refugees under the
aegis of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Read More
Court Chides EU on Blacklist
The Wall Street Journal,
October 23, 2008
Europe's second highest court ruled Thursday that the European Union has
wrongly blacklisted an Iranian opposition group, adding fuel to accusations the
bloc has abused its terrorist list to appease Iran.
The ruling by the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg was the
second the court has issued since 2006 ordering the EU to unfreeze the People's
Mujahedin Organization of Iran's assets and remove it from the EU list of
terrorist groups. The U.S. also designates the PMOI as a terrorist organization.
The PMOI's repeated victories in court cases that challenge its terrorist
designation and the EU's avoidance of those rulings has become an embarrassment
for the bloc. A group of prominent European lawyers attacked the EU over the
issue last month, accusing it of abusing the rule of law.
"If the [European Union] continue to defy this verdict, it will clearly show
that from the very first this listing was the result of a deal with the mullahs'
regime, and not based on fact," said Miryam Rajavi, who heads the Paris-based
National Council for Resistance in Iran, the PMOI's political wing, in a phone
interview. Read More
The Washington Times, September 19, 2008
A leading member of the British House of Lords is lobbying Congress to protect a
disarmed Iranian opposition force now under U.S. detention in Iraq.
Robin Corbett fears that if U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq and turn over the
3,500 detainees in Camp Ashraf to the Iraqi government, pro-Iranian officials in
Baghdad will deport many of them, especially the leadership, to Iran and certain
"There is a real threat, at least to the leadership," he told Embassy Row on
Thursday. "Because of Iranian influence [on the Iraqi government], they will
turn over the leaders, and there will be a bloodbath."
Mr. Corbett, chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, said House
and Senate members he met this week told him they share his concerns. His
committee includes hundreds of members of the House of Lords and House of
Commons from all British political parties. It also includes a former home
secretary, former solicitor-general and former lord advocate for Scotland. Read