Because Camp Liberty turned out to be an AMERICAN RUN DEATH CAMP.
Honorable Mr. Kobler,
Yesterday 400 residents of Camp Ashraf moved to Camp Liberty near Baghdad. This is while none of the issues raised by the residents have been resolved. There are no guarantees that these Iranian asylum seekers will not be abused, kidnapped, tortured or killed in Camp Liberty. There is not even drinking water in Camp Liberty and still the UN is insisting that Camp Liberty is a proper place for the Ashraf residents to stay.
In the past I have visited several times a centre for asylum seekers in my home town in the Netherlands. The people there had not much privacy, but they were safe and all basic provisions were there. They also had freedom of movement and they were allowed to receive visitors.
Therefore in accordance with international standards I urge you to make sure that:
1. There will be no police in Camp Liberty. There is no need for a police presence since the camp is
surrounded by Iraqi military bases and all entry points and exit points are under the control of Iraqi
forces. The presence of police inside Camp Liberty has nothing to do with Iraqi sovereignty, it is
instead a suppression factor which could cause a massacre.
2. Camp Liberty will have basic provisions for drinking water, sanitation and recreation.
3. Any involvement by the Iranian regime and members or representatives of Iranian regime embassy in
Iraq in determining the fate of Ashraf residents will be categorically avoided.
4. Freedom of movement of the Iranian asylum seekers in Camp Liberty will be safeguarded and they
will be allowed to receive physicians, lawyers and visitors.
5. If the aforementioned points are not satisfied, the asylum seekers in Camp Liberty will return to
Camp Ashraf safely and the High Commissioner for Refugees will immediately start interviews and
the verification process in Camp Ashraf.
"Aan geen van deze punten werd voldaan. Toch moesten steeds meer Ashraf bewoners naar Liberty
verhuizen, totdat Camp Liberty propvol was en de bewoners een gemakkelijke schietschijf waren geworden.
Het had een doorgangskamp moeten zijn, maar het werd een concentratiekamp. In de woorden van
voormalig VN-functionaris Tahar Boumedra:"
When Iraq was ready to start relocating the exiles to the new site at Camp Liberty in December 2011, I made several visits to inspect Camp Liberty, and told Kobler that it was not fit to accommodate 3,400 men and women. Kobler visited Camp Liberty and saw that I was right; yet when the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hired a consultant to assess the conditions at Camp Liberty, Kobler pressured him to certify that the camp met all required humanitarian standards, which we knew was far from the truth. After the consultant declined, Kobler issued a report that misled the international community and the exiles alike into believing the standards were being met so the transfer process could proceed.
He also had UNAMI staff take around 500 photographs at Camp Liberty, of which 20-30 of the least
offensive were selected, and sent to the exiles’ parent organization in Paris with the message that the new site would measure 40 square kilometers, reduced to 2.5 square kilometers. On that basis, the exiles agreed to move out of Camp Ashraf. In reality, the site at Camp Liberty measures 0.6 square kilometers and is surrounded by three-to four-meter concrete walls. It reminds me of the concentration camp I lived in as a child during Algeria’s war of liberation.
"...Een werkgroep van de VN Mensenrechtenraad heeft in 2012 uitgesproken dat de voormalige Ashraf bewoners in Camp Liberty geen vrijheid hebben, maar daar als gedetineerden worden behandeld. Ondanks de Engelstalige naam “Camp Liberty” komen er bij mij allemaal Duitse woorden bovendrijven:
Durchgangslager, Konzentrationslager, Vernichtungslager."
In English: Transitional Camp, Concentration Camp, Extermination or Death Camp.
Den Haag, 16 maart 2013