August 24, 2012 - The following is a joint written statement* submitted by France Libertés, Fondation Danielle Mitterrand, the Women’s Human Rights International Association (WHRIA), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), non-governmental organizations in special consultative status, the International Educational Development, Inc., the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP), non-governmental organizations on the roster to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations under “human rights situations that require the council’s attention,” on August 24, 2012 The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
July 17, 2012 - The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, The Most Revd Alan Harper, joined by a number of bishops and clergy from across the UK, has written to His Excellency Ban Ki–moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, expressing deepening concern for the welfare of the residents of Camp Ashraf/Liberty in Iraq.
In particular, the letter condemns any threat of force against the people in the camp, whose status as refugees is recognised by the UN. The Archbishop and signatories call for the Secretary General and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene, saying: ‘We believe that the international community, the United Nations and the people of the United States of America are at one in desiring morally acceptable humanitarian standards for all people. Therefore, we strongly urge the United Nations and the Government of the United States to press the Government of Iraq to implement such policies for the benefit of the Iranian refugees in Ashraf and Liberty.’
I wrote about the story of my life in an article on August 2nd (American Chronicle) where I asked for help to save the life of my brother who resides in the camp Ashraf. He is the only member of family that I have left. Today, my brother and many others like him live in Camp Ashraf and are in a great danger.
The situation is highly critical now as the Iraqi government has stated that it is going to close the camp by the end of the year 2011. This ultimatum is a decision to carry out a massacre of the inhabitants of the camp, where 3400 Iranian civilians, including 1000 women live. The inhabitants have already experienced two similar attacks in July 2009 and April 2011, where 47 persons were killed and hundreds were wounded.
Human Rights Council
Agenda item 4
The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
[3 June 2012]
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Joint written statement* submitted by France Libertés - Fondation Danielle Mitterrand, the Women’s Human Rights International Association, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, non-governmental organizations in special consultative status, International Educational Development, Inc., Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples, non-governmental organizations on the roster
Obama’s abandoning of Camp Ashraf to its fate would breach U.S. honor
It was the “mission accomplished” moment that millions of Americans had been waiting for and many of us considered long overdue: the official end to the war in Iraq and the return of all U.S. troops. Whether you believe the operation in Iraq was a noble cause or pure folly, President Obama’s announcement last month that fighting men and women would be coming home to their families in time for the holidays was cause for celebration.
It also should raise an alarm. The withdrawal is widely perceived throughout the region as a victory for Iran. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, called it a “serious mistake” that would encourage a deeper and more dangerous alliance between Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki and Tehran - fears implicitly validated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s stern warnings that Iran should not “take advantage” of the situation.
The question that haunts us now is: What will happen in the new Iraq when the U.S. military leaves?