Volume: 1 - Issue:  431
4 September 2013
Iran Update



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Ashraf Execution in Hospital Massacre At least 52 Iranian exiles executed in Iraqi camp, U.N. says
Washington Post

Iraq's Shiite-led government, which has long loathed the group, has been widely suspected of involvement or acquiescence in a string of attacks against the group - also known as the MEK - for which no one has been held responsible. Sunday's was particularly brutal, according to photos, which showed the corpses of several men shot in the head and back, some with their hands bound....Read On 

Camp Ashraf massacre UNAMI UNAMI delegation visits Camp Ashraf to assess the situation following reports of massacre
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

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...Read On 

EU's Ashton condemns killings in Camp Ashraf
European Union External Action Service


The foreign policy chief of the European Union (EU) Catherine Ashton on Monday condemned "in the strongest terms" the killings took place at Iraq's Camp Ashraf with up to 52 people killed and dozens wounded.
Ashton called on "all parties and particularly the Government of Iraq to facilitate UNAMI's fact-finding efforts.".
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European Parliament Vice President: "Attacking refugees in Camp Ashraf a crime against humanity"
Scoop Independent News

"Catherine Ashton must resign and Martin Kobler held responsible for his collaboration with criminal regimes".

EP Vice Preasident added; "In spite of our continuous efforts and warnings the High Representative Catherine Ashton has been incapable to act. She is also responsible for this crime because of her incompetence and her lack of sensitivity when human rights are violated. If she had a minimal decency she should resign immediately."..Read On 

Iraq: France strongly condemns the violence in the refugee Camp of Ashraf
France Diplomatie

France strongly condemns the violence in Camp Ashraf on 1 September. It extends its condolences to the victims' families and close friends. Violence against civilians, particularly refugees, is unacceptable. France recalls that it is the Iraqi authorities' responsibility to ensure the security of the refugee camps, including Camps Ashraf and Hurriya, and provide the necessary medical assistance to the injured...Read On 

Iraq: UN human rights office, UN mission condemn attack on Camp Ashraf
UN News Centre

The United Nations human rights office and the UN mission in Iraq today strongly condemned the killing of dozens of people in Camp Ashraf north of Baghdad, urging the Iraqi Government to investigate what happened. 

UNAMI visited the site yesterday, meeting 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," UNAMI said in a news release, with seven people still missing after Sunday's attack. "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...Read On

US inaction would embolden Iran, N.Korea: Kerry

Failure to take military action against Syria would send a dangerous signal to Iran, North Korea and other US foes, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
"Iran is hoping you look the other way," Kerry told lawmakers, as he made the case for Congress to endorse punitive US strikes against the Syrian regime over its suspected use of chemical weapons...Read On

Nouri al-Maliki Ashraf Massacre Maliki's Massacre of Pro-US Iranian Prisoners

As international attention has been focused on the Syria crisis, Maliki allegedly ordered elements of his Iraqi militia, along with their Iranian Revolutionary Guard allies from the terrorist Quds force, to undertake an unprovokied mass murder of the remaining inhabitants of Camp Ashraf over the weekend...Read On 

British Law Society Ashraf Massacre Attack on Iraqi refugee camp condemned
British Law Society

The Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales has called for greater protections for the residents of the Iranian dissident camp. Professor Sara Chandler, chair of the Human Rights Committee, said: 'The UN and the US government gave assurances for the safety and security of the Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, on numerous occasions. They have clearly failed to uphold their promise of protection while the Iraqi army has indulged into such a heinous act of aggression against refugees who are 'protected persons' under the Fourth Geneva Convention...Read On 

OMCT condemns the recent attack on Camp Ashraf Iraq: OMCT condemns the recent attack on Camp Ashraf
World Organisation Against Torture

Geneva, 4 September 2013. The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) urges the United Nations (UN) to carry out an investigation into the recent attack on Camp Ashraf.
OMCT has already expressed many times its concern over the security conditions for the residents of both camps, including after the rocket and mortar attack on Camp Liberty in February 2013 that left eight people dead and several injured. OMCT recalls that Iraq has clear obligations under international human rights law to ensure the safety of both camps residents..
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