Syria Genocide War Crimes

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eviction and forcible relocation of Ashraf residents‏


Hello Karen

As I informed you in my previous email, about the relocation of the fourth
group of Ashraf residents to "Liberty", I would like to draw your attention
to the new press statement attached bellow about forcible relocation of
Ashraf residents with coercion and intimidation of transfer of other
residents to Camp Liberty without observing minimum humanitarian needs of
the residents and by torturing those handicapped and injured.

Part of the statement reads:

. The residents are left with an option to be killed or to leave their
home and the city they have built with their own energy and resources for
quarter of a century to go to a prison called Liberty without humanitarian
minimums.

. In an inhumane act, Iraqi forces refused to allow transfer of the
vehicles and trailers specifically made to meet the needs of those
handicapped and injured with special sanitary facilities which suit them and
they have lived with for years.

. Only 48 hours after the transfer of the fourth group of Ashraf
residents under much pressures and intolerable restrictions the Government
of Iraq (GoI) intends to transfer the fifth group of residents to Liberty through coercion, and intimidation on Wednesday, April 18, while camp
Liberty is facing serious problems regarding water, electricity, sewage and
other humanitarian minimums.

. Mrs. Rajavi calls on President Obama and Secretary General Banki-
moon to prevent a humanitarian tragedy against Ashraf residents, in
particular 1,000 female residents.

. There is no doubt that the US government will be held responsible
for any harms afflicted on the residents in Ashraf and Liberty and its
disavowal will not be accepted before any political or judicial authority.

Please read more details in the press statement attached bellow.

Best,

Shahriar Kia
Camp Ashraf


Press statement

Eviction and forcible relocation of Ashraf residents with coercion and
intimidation of transfer of other residents to Camp Liberty without
observing minimum humanitarian needs of the residents and by torturing those
handicapped and injured

Mrs. Rajavi calls on President Obama and Secretary General BanKi- Moon to
prevent a humanitarian tragedy against Ashraf residents, in particular 1,000
female residents, and to prevent Iraq from forcible relocation of Ashraf
residents, "protected persons" under Geneva Convention whom the US
government has officially taken responsibility for their protection and the
UNHCR has recognised them as asylum-seeker and "people of concern."

Only 48 hours after the transfer of the fourth group of Ashraf residents
under much pressures and intolerable restrictions and while their minimum
belongings are yet planned to be transferred to Liberty today, the
Government of Iraq (GoI) intends to transfer the fifth group of residents
through coercion, and intimidation on Wednesday, April 18. This is in
violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed between
the GoI and the UN on December 25, 2011, and is by no means a voluntary
relocation contrary to the UN Secretary General's emphasis to this effect,
including in his report to the Security Council on March 29, 2011 and the
repeated remarks by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General
(SRSG) in the Security Council meeting on April 10, 2012.

The residents are left with an option to be killed or to leave their home
and the city they have built with their own energy and resources for quarter
of a century to go to a prison called Liberty without humanitarian minimums;
this is but an eviction and forcible evacuation in grave violation of
provisions of the International Humanitarian Law, international human rights
law, Fourth Geneva Convention, International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights and many other international treaties and is considered as crime
against humanity.

Although none of the first, second and third groups of residents have been
transferred under decent conditions observing their humanitarian and human
rights minimums, the fourth group's transfer involving harassment of the
residents was in all aspects even more unacceptable.

In an inhumane act, Iraqi forces refused to allow transfer of the vehicles
and trailers specifically made to meet the needs of those handicapped and
injured with special sanitary facilities which suit them and they have lived
with for years. Repeated requests by representatives of the residents from
Iraqi forces as well as the UN and US officials reached nowhere and
therefore, 10 people in the fourth group who were severely disabled and
injured had no choice but to stay in Ashraf.

They were amongst those who had been listed and their names had been given
to the UN and US officials since two years ago for a rapid transfer to third
countries and if it had not been obstructed by the GoI many of them would
have been transferred by now. Like other residents, the GoI has made their
refugee status determination contingent upon their relocation to Liberty and
at the same time does not allow the transfer of their necessary equipment to
Liberty. This is a kind of physical and psychological torture against all
legal, international, moral and religious principles.

People in the fourth group were not allowed to transfer major part of their
belongings. They were not even allowed to take 10 passenger cars contrary to
previous agreements (The SRSG's letter of 15 

February). Following several talks, it was confirmed by the UN and Iraqi
officials that the fourth group could take six generators to Liberty.
However, in practice, they were allowed to transfer only two generators.

The GoI complies with none of its commitments and repeatedly breaches even
provisions of the MoU it signed with the UN without informing the residents
and obtaining their agreement. The very MoU which lacks major parts of the
minimum requirements of the residents.

The GoI is preventing transfer of the belongings at a time when it also
obstructs their sale and does not allow the businessmen who wish to buy them
to enter Ashraf; UNAMI's efforts in this regard have remained futile.

Ashraf residents are under pressure to move to Liberty while the camp is
facing serious problems regarding water, electricity, sewage and other
humanitarian minimums. Not only the GoI is not solving these problems but
also it refuses to respond to repeated requests by the residents for solving
them at their own costs. Residents have not even been allowed to build
asphalt or cement pathways for patients and elderly in a camp that has a
muddy ground all over the place. They have also been denied the right to
spray the camp with insecticides as snakes, harmful insects and bugs are
coming out in hot season.

The GoI has been delaying for 40 days the permit
for entry of necessary materials used for spraying insecticide. Similarly,
GoI has not implemented the items of the SRSG's letter of 16 March with
regard to stationing police and thus has installed new police posts in the
camp.

While expressing her strongest protest to imposing pressure on residents of
Ashraf and Liberty as well as to the lack of humanitarian and human rights
standards at Liberty, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian
Resistance calls on President Obama and Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary
General of the United Nations to prevent a human tragedy to take place on
the residents, particularly the 1,000 female residents, restrain the GoI
from taking suppressive measures against those who are totally "protected
persons" under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the US government has
officially taken responsibility for their protection and given them
"protected person" cards and the UNHCR has in several statements of February
1, March 1 and March 28, 2012 described them as asylum-seekers under
international protection and "people of concern".

President Obama is called
to prevent the GoI from forcibly relocating them until humanitarian minimums
are agreed on and implemented by the GoI. There is no doubt that the US
government will be held responsible for any harms afflicted on the residents
in Ashraf and Liberty and its disavowal will not be accepted before any
political or judicial authority.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

April 18, 2012