Camp Ashraf: Another carnage is clearly looming

Submitted by: Soona Samsami:
Executive director Women Freedom Forum (www.womenfreedomforum.org)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/iranian-opposition-group-supporters-iraq-must-not-forcibly+evicted-20091211

The Iraqi Government announced today that it intends to forcibly move the 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf to a location in Baghdad on Tuesday 15 December, where they have a notorious prison. Another carnage is clearly looming.

Earlier, the Iranian regime Ambassador to Iraq, Qods Force commander, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, conceded that Tehran had pressured Iraq to move the residents to another location in a Shiite dominated area in the south of Iraq. Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani had also called for such a criminal action against Ashraf residents.

Assistant Secretary of State, Jeffrey Feltman, told a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia hearing on 28 October that “We’re actually more concerned about an Iraqi desire to move Camp Ashraf to someplace else inside Iraq. The expectation is not that they’re going to expel the MEK Camp Ashraf residents, but that they would try to move them — forcibly move them to a different location in Iraq, and that, too, could lead to bloodshed.

Reuters reported on 8 December that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, concerning “Transfer of Camp Ashraf residents to Nuqrat al-Salman” which was described by him as a “step towards expelling them (from Iraq).” He was referring to a remote area that is home to a well-known prison.

Earlier the top United Nations envoy to Iraq had expressed his concerns over the humanitarian situation in Camp Ashraf.

There is a resolution on the House that is related to this issue, H. Res. 704 which is bipartisan and has gained over 100 co-sponsors. The resolution is co-sponsored by representatives Bob Filner (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Ted Poe (R-TX) among others.

This looming humanitarian catastrophe demanded by an increasingly vulnerable regime in Tehran and carried out by the Iraqi Government must be stopped at all costs.

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