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Amnesty International

  • No Iranians in need of protection should be sent to Iran against their will

    Amnesty International has written to both the Iraqi and US governments reminding them of their
    obligations under international law and urging them to continue to provide protection to people
    affiliated to and members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), an Iranian
    opposition group based in Iraq.

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    Hundreds of Iranian exiles, including refugees, resident in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, north of Baghdad,
    are reported to have suffered serious complications from medical restrictions imposed on them by
    the Iraqi authorities. In the past five months the already appalling medical conditions at the camp
    have deteriorated even further. Many residents are reportedly suffering from cancer, heart
    problems, loss of vision, gallstones, orthopaedic problems, kidney stones and other diseases that
    without prompt and adequate treatment can result in irreversible health damage

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  • Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf

    Amnesty International urges the Iraqi government to cease its harassment of Iranian exiles living in
    Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, and to ensure that they have unhindered access to medical care
    and other humanitarian needs

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  • Iraq Amnesty International urges the immediate release of 36 Iranian

    A group of 36 Camp Ashraf residents continue to be held at a police station in the town of al-
    Khalis, in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, since they were arrested by Iraqi security forces
    on 28-29 July 2009. The 36 men are in poor health and continue to maintain a hunger

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    Thirty-six Iranian men who were arrested from Camp Ashraf in July, have been transferred from a
    police station to a military airbase in Baghdad. Fears for their safety remain as they are now
    detained incommunicado and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. By continuing to detain
    them the Iraqi authorities are contravening a judicial order calling for their release.

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  • Concerns regarding the future of Camp Ashraf residents

    Amnesty International has written directly to the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki about recent
    developments relating to the more than 3,000 Iranian exiles currently living in Camp Ashraf,
    northeast of Baghdad, who Iraqi officials have said should leave the country. The Iranians are
    members or supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).

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  • Concern for detained Camp Ashraf residents

    Amnesty International is urgently seeking information about 36 Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf
    who have been detained since Iraqi security forces seized control of the camp on 28 July 2009
    and have been moved to an unknown location in Baghdad amid allegations that some or all of
    them have been beaten and tortured. According to Abdul Nassir al-Mehdawi, governor of Iraq’s
    Diyala province, quoted by Reuters press agency, “Their cases are being investigated now. They
    are being charged with inciting trouble. We will deal with them according to Iraqi law; we won’t
    send them back to Iran”. It remains unclear, however, whether the 36 have been allowed access to
    lawyers, contact with their families or any medical treatment that they need.

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    Thirty-six Iranians detained in Iraq are being held at a police station. Iraqi security forces
    detained the Iranians when they forcibly seized control of Camp Ashraf. Most are reported to
    have been beaten and tortured after their arrest and at least seven need urgent medical care.
    They are said to be on hunger strike in protest against their detention and treatment.

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    The six Camp Ashraf residents arrested on 8 April were released on 14 April, and are now back
    in the camp. They have told Amnesty International that they were beaten while they were in

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    Amnesty International is concerned by the Iranian government’s continuing clampdown on dissent,
    including arbitrary arrests and the torture or other ill-treatment of people who express views
    opposed to those of the government. Some of those arrested have even been executed, after
    apparently unfair trials, including at least one minor. Amnesty International wrote to the Head of
    the Judiciary to express concern about these developments on 13 May 2011, but without response;
    the Iranian authorities rarely reply to communications from Amnesty International.

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