WASHINGTON, June 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), on behalf of hundreds of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones in Iraq’s Camp Liberty were the target of a massive Tehran-engineered rocket attack today, deplores the US government’s indifference toward a dire humanitarian situation despite its assurances that relocation to Liberty would ensure the safety of the residents.
Some 3,100 members of Iran’s principal opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) have been living at Camp Liberty since January 2012 after they left Camp Ashraf and following US and UN assurances about their safety and security. About one-third of the residents are women and an equal number are former political prisoners in Iran.
Since the first rocket attack on Camp Liberty on February 9th, US families of Camp Liberty residents have held hundreds of meetings with members of the both houses of US Congress – including with senior members of the relevant committees – as well as the Department of State to stress that in absence of any near term possibility of whole-sale resettlement of their loved ones in third countries, Camp Liberty residents must return to Camp Ashraf.Read More Download
USCCAR Urges Secretary Kerry to Facilitate Immediate Return of Residents of Iraq’s Camp Liberty “Killing Field” to Camp Ashraf
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), on behalf of hundreds of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones in Iraq’s Camp Liberty were the target of the Tehran-engineered rocket attack last weekend, has written to the US Secretary of State John Kerry to urge him to facilitate the immediate return of Camp Liberty residents to Camp Ashraf where they are far better protected against such attacks.
Saturday’s cowardly attack, which left seven residents killed and more than 100 seriously wounded, attests to the fact that this camp is neither safe nor secure for the residents whom the UN Refugee Agency has recognized as asylum seekers.
In the letter, USCCAR noted that “By all measures, Camp Liberty is a killing field. It is only half a square kilometers in size, 80 times smaller than Camp Ashraf. The camp lacks any shelter or high concrete walls to shield the residents against rocket attacks. The residential areas are consisted of dilapidated trailers that are crammed next to each other. The trailers’ aluminum walls provide no protection at all against rocket shrapnel… In contrast, the sprawling Camp Ashraf has buildings made from concrete and contains protective shelters.”
“We, the families of Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf, hold the United States responsible for safety and security of our loved ones in accordance with its treaty and international obligations as well as its written guarantees to each and every resident in 2004 that it will protect them until their final disposition,” the letter added.Read More Download
The delisting, while long overdue, is a courageous and correct decision by Secretary Clinton
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones are facing a humanitarian crisis as refugees in Camp Liberty in Iraq, lauds the removal of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations by Secretary Hillary Clinton.
The dark chapter of the blacklisting of the MEK, the most distinct feature of the policy of placating Iran’s ruling regime, is now behind us. USCCAR is hopeful that this courageous move by Secretary Clinton will provide a new opportunity for the United States to stand with those who seek democratic change by the Iranian people and their resistance movement for a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran.Read More Download
US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) Welcomes Decision by Secretary Clinton to Remove MEK from US Terrorism List
WASHINGTON – The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones are facing a humanitarian crisis as refugees in Camp Liberty in Iraq, welcomes the reported decision by Secretary Hillary Clinton to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.Read More Download
the outrageous cover-up by Ambassador Martin Kobler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, to deceive the international community about the prison-like conditions at Camp Liberty.
Nor do they enjoy any freedom of movement.Read More Download
Mr. Kobler has yet to explain, four months on, why not even a single resident of Camp Liberty has been resettled in third countries through the UN and why he has not sought UN’s intervention to hold al-Maliki accountable for his flagrant breaches of the very MoU his government has signed with the UN.
Neither has he ever explained why he has not compelled the Iraqi Government to allow visits by the residents’ families and lawyers.
USCCAR Condemns UN Cover-up in Iraq, Calls for Swift Investigation Following Revelations by Former Senior UN official
The outrageous cover-up by Ambassador Martin Kobler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, to deceive the international community about the prison-like conditions at Camp Liberty.Read More Download
USCCAR Regrets Misrepresentations by State Department Officials on Humanitarian Situation of Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq
Since February 2012, the Iraqi Government has egregiously and systematically breached many of its commitments relating to 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf based on the December 25, 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Secretary Clinton fully supported the MoU.Read More Download
US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents commends efforts of US officials, past and present, who are working with the Obama Administration and human rights advocates to facilitate a peaceful, prompt resolution to the humanitarian crisis facing thousands in Camps Ashraf and Liberty in IraqRead More Download