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.Read More Download
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.Read More Download
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.Read More Download