Saturday, October 10, 2015

Two important reports about Camp Liberty

Congress showing renewed interest in Iranian opposition after nuclear accord

US families of Iranian dissidents, residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq at a hearing in the Capitol Hill

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking a renewed interest in the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) following the nuclear agreement with Tehran, Al Monitor reported.
Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Oct. 7 urged the Obama administration to speed up the resettlement of the remaining MEK refugees in a camp near Baghdad. They also want the United States to put more pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government to protect MEK members from alleged attacks by Tehran-backed assailants.
'These are people who peacefully disarmed and protected American soldiers when we went into Iraq,' said Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. 'And we made a promise that we would take care of them.'
'I think we need to put the pressure on [the administration],' Tillis said. 'This is wrong. It’s not what America stands for.'

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NCRI - The United Nations and the European Union have a duty to ensure the protection of thousands of members of the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), in Camp Liberty in Iraq, Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President of the European Parliament, said in Brussels on Wednesday.

“As you know we in the European Parliament have been closely following the situation of these Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf and now in Camp Liberty,” Mr. Czarnecki told a meeting on human rights in Iran at the European Parliament.

“They were moved [to Camp Liberty] from their home in Ashraf some years ago after several massacres in Ashraf at the hands of the Iraqi government,” he said.

“They left all their properties in Ashraf, with a promise by the United Nations and the American government that they would be allowed to sell them to be able to pay for their expenses in Camp Liberty. If they are not able to sell their properties, the PMOI will not be able to pay for the expenses of transferring the residents to safe countries.”

“But the Iraqi government does not allow this. In fact the Iraqi forces with the help of the mullahs in Iran continue to put a lot of pressure on the residents.”

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