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  • UNHCR Chief Guterres strongly condemns second deadly attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq

    15 June 2013: The High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres strongly condemns today’s rocket attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq that reportedly killed two people and wounded dozens.

    This is the second deadly attack on Camp Liberty this year. The first, on 9 February, claimed the lives of eight people and left scores injured.

    “This is another unacceptable and horrific act of violence,” Mr. Guterres said. He also expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims and his sympathy and concern for the injured.

    “I call on the Iraqi Government to take immediate measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents and to prevent any further such attacks,” he said.

    The High Commissioner also calls on all countries to help find urgent solutions for the Camp Liberty residents.

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  • UNHCR calls for cooperation and solidarity amid efforts to find solutions for the residents of Camp “New Iraq”

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) called today for cooperation, patience and understanding of all parties involved in efforts to find solutions for the residents of the Camp “New Iraq” (formerly camp Ashraf) north of Iraqi capital Baghdad. Protection and solutions for some 3,200 current and former residents of the camp are the primary objectives of efforts led by the United Nations to close the camp peacefully and resolve the situation of its residents. 

    UNHCR is currently assessing individual protection needs of former residents of Camp New Iraq once they are transferred to Hurriya (Liberty) transit centre. “Status determination, however, does not in itself resolve things,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Ms. Erika Feller, on return recently from Baghdad. “It must be accompanied by efforts from all concerned, in good faith and in a spirit of international solidarity, to offer resettlement solutions and, in the interim, to assist people to stay safely and decently until such solutions can be materialized”. 

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  • Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residents and the determination of their refugee status claims

    On 18 February 2012, the first group of nearly 400 residents were transferred peacefully by the Government of Iraq to Camp Hurriya (Liberty). Monitoring of the movement was carried out by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Subsequent transfers have also been completed, including two groups of approximately 400 persons. Further transfers are expected to be carried out in the coming weeks. 

    On 19 February 2012, UNHCR commenced the adjudication process of the transferred residents and the process is ongoing. UNHCR has mobilized teams on the ground, and has put in place the necessary software and hardware support capabilities. Individual interviews are taking place in a safe, neutral and confidential location. Decisions on refugee status and referrals to resettlement countries are being made.

    The stipulation of the Government of Iraq remains that these processes take place outside Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf). UNHCR attaches utmost importance to peaceful solutions being found, including that any relocation outside Camp New Iraq proceed on a voluntary basis, with freedom of movement the most desirable state at the site of relocation. 

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  • Statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, Regarding Solutions for the Residents of Camp New Iraq (Ashraf)

    GENEVA I want to express my deep appreciation for the tireless efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, to reach an agreement with the Government of Iraq regarding a process for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (former CampAshraf). UNHCR is fully engaged in this initiative and looks forward to the voluntary and peaceful transfer of the asylum seekers to a temporary site so that UNHCR can proceed immediately with the determination of their status in accordance with its mandate. 

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  • European Uninon- Press release- Ashton on Behalf of EU on Camp Ashraf

    The EU is deeply disturbed by reports of the use of force against Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq, Iraq’s sovereignty should be respected but force is not the answer. The EU calls on the all paties to find a peacful and sustainable solution.

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