The United States and United Nations must take urgent action to secure the release of seven hostages taken captive during the massacre at Camp Ashraf, Iranian Resistance president-elect Maryam Rajavi has demanded.
The UN must also provide a permanent Blue Helmet force at Camp Liberty to protect Iranian dissidents in Iraq from further deadly attacks, Mrs Rajavi told an international symposium at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Thursday September 19.
The State Department on Sunday called “on Iraqi authorities to act with urgency to immediately ensure medical assistance to the wounded and to secure the camp against any further violence or harm to the residents.”
The members killed over the weekend were among the 100 or so who remained in Diyala province.
Gyorgy Busztin, a U.N. envoy in Baghdad, visited the camp in Diyala province a day after the killings and spoke to survivors. In a statement, he expressed “his outrage at the brutal killing of the camp’s residents” and called on the Iraqi government to launch an investigation and “acknowledge its responsibility for the safety of the camp’s residents.”
Baghdad, 3 September 2013 - 24 hours after the tragic events that took place in Camp Ashraf, a UNAMI delegation led by the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG), Mr. Gyorgy Busztin, and including UNAMI Chief of Human Rights and of Medical Sections, conducted a visit to the camp yesterday, where they met separately with the camp’s surviving residents and the commander of Diyala’s Police.
Inside the camp, the delegation witnessed 52 bodies in a makeshift morgue. All the deceased appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds, the majority of them in the head and the upper body, and several with their hands tied. The delegation also saw several damaged buildings, including one burnt, and was shown quantities of explosives.
52 members of an Iranian dissident group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI, MEK have been murdered in an early morning attack at Ashraf camp north of Baghdad on Sunday 1 September 2013.
The attack was carried out by Iraqi military and special armed forces SWAT under direct command of the office of the prime minister Nori Al-Maliki who has close links to Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described this massacre committed by Al-Maliki’s forces at the order of the religious fascism ruling Iran, a crime against humanity and a war crime. Pictures of martyrs show that most of them have been shot in the head and in fact Iraqi forces have delivered coups de grace on them.
Responding to Six Questions on prospect of change in Iran under Rouhani
Since the outcome of the presidential election in Iran a new discussion has once again emerged in the Western Capitals, among the policy makers, foreign policy and national security experts. The core of the discussion is whether the new so called "moderate" president, Hassan Rouhani, would change the clerical regime's principal policies both domestically and internationally and what should be the Western approach. In his first press conference after his inauguration he sent mix messages. Time and again he reiterated desire for "negotiation" and "interaction" but offered no substance suggesting genuine change. On the contrary he demanded the US to act first.
At the session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, July 16, Martin Kobler, who ends his mandate in Iraq, demonized the residents of Camps Ashraf and Liberty, who have been victimized, in favor of the Government of Iraq and the religious fascism ruling Iran.
Mrs Rajavi said, "Kobler's actions betray human rights and R-to-P principle and stain UN's record…The UN Secretary-General as international guardian of Responsibility-to-Protect must end the blood trade and suffering of imprisoned refugees at Camp Liberty".
This was in response to the petition filed by the lawyer of the residents against the United Nations SRSG, Martin Kobler's criminal actions. He repeated his ludicrous fabrications, which had previously been exposed in numerous personal and joint letters by more than 3,000 residents, and pinned blame on the victims and the camp leadership, accusing them of violating the rights of the residents and even preventing them from accessing medical services.
Governor Ed Rendell
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - We have failed the residents of Ashraf and Liberty because we were lied to by Mr. Kobler, we were misled by our own government, and we helped to persuade Madam Rajavi to persuade the leadership of Ashraf to begin the resettlement process. We were lied to and we were naïve.
There was never any caring about protecting residents at Liberty. Remember the whole condition precedent for going to Liberty was that it was going to be safer at Liberty. It wasn’t isolated, it was near Baghdad; it was going to be safer. It is also a hellhole. Every promise made about the condition at Liberty, about what is in the MoU, what residents of Ashraf could bring with them, almost every promise has been violated.
Judge Michael Mukasey
Washington, February 9, 2013 - Mayor Giuliani and I traveled to Paris and met with Mrs. Rajavi and with Martin Kobler and with his assurance, his two-faced duplicitous lying assurance that the residents of Ashraf as they then were would be protected if they moved to Camp Liberty.
That's how we got to where we are. And then came attack last night. And what did Martin Kobler say this morning when he heard about this attack? He said that explosions had occurred in the camp as if it were spontaneous and then he said that Iraqi policeman had been injured in the attack as if to suggest somehow the Iraqis weren't responsible for it.
General David Phillips
Paris, November 17, 2012 - Martin Kobler, I contacted him by email, called him by phone and sent him correspondents, never responded. He gave the mullah regime legitimacy in pulling out and closing Camp Ashraf to allow the Iraqis to pilfer, vandalize and loot that place. The residents peaceably complied with every request and what did they get in return? Confinement, under concentration-camp-like conditions of Camp Liberty while their former home is vandalized and destroyed. Yet Martin Kobler watches knowingly without so much as speaking up if the agreement he helped make, to do the relocation, are disregarded by the Iraqis; and the residents are systematically stripped of their property but never their dignity.
Mr. Kobler! I hope you are watching, because you have shown your colors to this soldier and everyone else who has seen what you are doing there. You have been no help to anyone other than the mullahs’ regime.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Washington, February 9, 2013 - About a year ago in front of a gathering like this, I said that it looked like Camp Liberty would be a concentration camp. When I met on, I believe it was July 1st of 2012 with Martin Kobler in Paris with Judge Mukasey present and a number of our colleagues, he was insulted that I called it a concentration camp. Well, Martin Kobler, it is not only a concentration camp, it's a killing field.
And you, Martin Kobler, watched it become a concentration camp. You allowed it to become a concentration camp and you permitted it to become a killing field. You shouldn't resign. Ban Ki-moon should fire you today.
Martin Kobler, I am personally outraged because you lied to me, you lied to Judge Mukasey, you lied right to our face. You lied to Madam Rajavi. You're a liar and the blood of these people is on your hands
Villepinte-Paris, June 22, 2013 - Martin Kobler was really a liar.
Today when we see what happened, we see that he was a liar. He used the hope of having people welcomed to other countries, transferred to other countries, he built his lie on that hope and he took out the people from Ashraf, lying to them, and he brought them to Camp Prison. Because it's not Camp Liberty, it's Camp Prison.
I think we must ponder on what that lie means, because it's a lie that is a crime. People have died because of that lie. And it's not only a crime but it's also an act of corruption... So, Kobler, not only he's a liar, not only he's a very corrupt man, but he's also a criminal.
Colonel Wesley Martin
The Hague, October 30, 2012 - The US and the UN downplayed the 2009 and 2011 attacks. They pretended, Ambassador Kobler specifically, that Liberty was a very fit place to live. It is not. I lived at Liberty when I worked at detention operations. Yes then it was very fit. Once the Americans left, the camp was looted by the Iraqi military, property was destroyed by the Iraqi military, and the weather deteriorated the seals in the black water tankers and a whole bunch of other things. PMOI was accused of trashing the area for their own photos. The photos show the trash was from the American military two years earlier. I found it impossible to believe that members of the National Liberation Army who go to inspection at Ashraf and again in Liberty and have trailers full of American waste so they can immediately drop in the camp. Yet that is exactly what Ambassador Kobler claimed.
Ambassador John Bolton
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - Kobler is suffering what in the US State Department we call client titers.
He thinks he works not for the United Nations and its member governments but for the Government of Iraq and I think his situation at this point is simply hopeless... what Martin Kobler has done and what the High Commissioner's office has permitted to happen is that its role has been politicized it is following the will of the Al Maliki’s government which is following the will of the mullahs in Tehran.
Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Geneva, February 28, 2013 - If we had paid attention to the lives of those who said initially that Liberty was a humanitarian camp; well we know today that it was a lie because we saw conflicting memos from those in the UN saying that conditions at Liberty were deplorable and unfit for humanitarian concerns. But Martin Kobler said that Liberty was OK for resettlement. Martin Kobler lied about the humanitarian condition in Liberty.
Next, we saw the promise of resettlement, rapid resettlement for the asylum seekers who moved to Liberty in order to be resettled. Again we saw Martin Kobler lied about rapid resettlement of those in camp Liberty. And finally we heard that camp Liberty was safe and secure when all of your family members told us and showed us this was not true. But Martin Kobler said that it was true and it would be safe. Martin Kobler lied again about the safety of camp Liberty.
We have to call on all of those of good conscious at the UN to say is Martin Kobler worthy of the name as UN commissioner when it comes to the safety and protection of people in camp Liberty? Is Martin Kobler worthy of being trusted again? Is Martin Kobler worthy of promising the protection, safety and resettlement of the people of camp Liberty? No, he is not and the UN must say so and say so aggressively.
Martin Kobler must go... we need to have accountability and call for an investigation.
Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - Thank you very much, thank you very much. Now in most countries, in my country, when there's an election there's a sense of renewal, a sense of hope or change. Did anyone feel any hope for change coming out of what happened in Tehran? I didn't think so.
Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - Thank you. It’s an honor to be with you today. Before I offer my formal remarks, I'd like to say in your native language, [Persian].
Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - You all are hungry. The young children want to go home. You have wasted no time here however to send an important message.
Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - Well, good evening. It is a true honor for me to join with you today in your demand for a democratic, a secular, and a non-nuclear Iran. And your most immediate concern and demand for the safety and security of your brothers and sisters in Camp Liberty held hostage in Iraq.
Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - My name is Sheila Jackson Lee. I am your sister. You are my family. And we are standing together in the struggle and we will never, never give up.
I am privileged to stand here with Republicans and Democrats. My dear friends, Congressman Ted Poe, Congressman William Lacy, former Congressman and mayor Bob Filner, a freedom rider, and we stand here as united Americans, Republicans and Democrats, fighting for freedom with you and we are never giving up.
Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - It’s an honour for me to share this moment today with the Iranian Community outside Iran. I am here to share your aspirations, your dreams and your goals. The Persian people deserve no less.
The future of democracy in Iran is in the hands of the Iranian people. And that means, of course, that it’s in your hands. Your strength and conviction are the key to hope.
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