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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Written statement of Council of Europe about Ashraf‏

Dear supporter of Ashraf,

Please find attached an article on Ashraf and Liberty residents by three US
Army commanders who were in charge of camp Ashraf during past several years
in Iraq. I also have attached the written statement of Council of Europe in
regards to relocation of Ashraf residents to Camp Liberty.

Kind regards,
Ashraf Human Rights Office
Camp Ashraf, Iraq

U.S. must protect dissidents in Iraq

By: Gen. David Phillips, Col. Wesley Martin, Lt. Col. Leo McCloskey
Apr. 25,

News Leader, 25 April 2012 -One year ago this month, the peace at a
refugee camp under the "protection" of Iraq's government was shattered as
Iraqi soldiers murdered 36 defenseless Iranian dissidents and left hundreds
injured. Despite calls from the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the
United Nations, there has been no independent inquiry into the incident. No
one has been held accountable.
The reason goes into a dark, uncomfortable place. This was not the first
deadly attack on the refugees, who are members of Iran's Mujahedin`-e-Khalq
(PMOI/MEK), living in what is known as Camp Ashraf. There is a pattern of
violence and intimidation against them at the hands of the Shiite officials
of the Al-Maliki government, a government the U.S. paid mightily to train
and set up.

A cruel irony of America's sacrifice is that a sphere of
influence now exists between Baghdad and Tehran that includes efforts to
crush the MEK, the Mullahs' only viable and organized opposition.
The core members of the MEK - who promote a secular, democratic and a
non-nuclear Iran - were hounded out of Iran and set up Camp Ashraf near
Baghdad 26 years ago. In 1997, as the U.S. pursued a futile policy of
dialogue with Tehran, the opposition group became listed as a terrorist
organization worldwide, despite the fact that the group shared many values
with the free world.
In 2003, U.S. forces assumed control of Camp Ashraf. A thorough
investigation was conducted on the 3,400 residents and it was determined
that not one terrorist was among them.

The residents voluntarily disarmed to
the U.S. and in return were given official "Protected Persons Status" and
protection under the 4th Geneva Convention.
Iraq assumed responsibility for the camp's security in 2009 and gave
assurances that the refugees would be given "humane treatment." But on April
8, 2011, the Iraqi Army launched its brutal attack. Video footage showed men
and women being shot in the head at close range by Iraqi soldiers, or being
run over by Humvees. Within days, Prime Minister Al-Maliki vowed to close
Camp Ashraf completely, which would have sent the survivors into the desert
to fend for themselves. Another atrocity was averted only after a massive
international campaign compelled the U.N. to draw up an agreement with Iraq
to assure the safety of Ashraf residents.

Brig. Gen. David Phillips (ret.), is a Missouri resident and the former
chief of the Military Policy School at Fort Leonard Wood and former
commander of all police operations in Iraq, including Camp Ashraf.

Col. Wesley Martin (ret.), served as the senior antiterrorism/force
protection officer for all coalition forces in Iraq and was the first Col.
in charge of Camp Ashraf. Lt. Col. Leo McCloskey (ret.),was the Commander of Joint Interagency Task
Force at Camp Ashraf until January 2009.

Doc. 12916

25 April 2012

Inhumane pressure by the Government of Iraq on residents of Ashraf and
Liberty is totally unacceptable written declaration:

Coinciding with the Iraqi Prime Minister's recent visit to Tehran, pressure
on residents of Camps Ashraf and Liberty has been intensified. The Iraqi
government deployed armoured vehicles in Camp Liberty on 20 April and has
removed T-walls surrounding the trailers, which are protective shields
against explosions and sand storms. It is also refusing to implement
agreements with the SRSG concerning the police presence in the camp.
Inhumanely, the government is preventing the transfer of special vehicles
and trailers for people with disabilities.

The state of the infrastructure in Camp Liberty is critical. The water
supply per resident represents only one-third of per capita consumption of
water in Iraq. Residents have constantly petitioned the government and the
UN to connect the camp's water supply system to the urban network, but have
received no response. Nevertheless, pressure on other local residents to
move to Camp Liberty has been stepped up.

We urge the member States, the United States and the United Nations to stop
further relocation of residents to Camp Liberty until minimum requirements,
such as the withdrawal of armoured vehicles, the connection of the water and
electricity supplies to the urban network and the transfer of at least some
cars and the necessary facilities for patients have been met. The United
Nations and its special representative must take a firm stance in the face
of the Iraqi government's breaches of its commitments.