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  • Terrorist Attack on Camp Hurriya in Iraq

    The United States strongly condemns today’s brutal, senseless, and utterly unacceptable rocket attack on Camp Hurriya that killed and injured camp residents.

    At the highest levels, we have personally urged the Government of Iraq to render all possible medical assistance to the victims and ensure the safety of the camp’s residents, consistent with its commitments and obligations. We’ve also called on the Government of Iraq to investigate this attack and bring the terrorists responsible to justice.

    We are consulting with the Government of Iraq and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to ascertain the full extent of this unprovoked terrorist attack.

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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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  • H.Res.89: Condemning the attack on Iranian dissidents living at Camp Hurriya, and for other purposes.

    Condemning the attack on Iranian dissidents living at Camp Hurriya, and for other purposes.

    Whereas on February 9, 2013, dozens of rockets were fired on Camp Hurriya (formerly known as Camp Liberty) in Iraq where approximately 3,100 members of the Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), have been residing since being relocated from Camp Ashraf in February 2012;

    Whereas 7 unarmed residents were killed and approximately 100 more wounded, some suffering severe and debilitating injuries;

    Whereas The New York Times reported that Hezbollah Brigades, an Iranian-affiliated group, claimed responsibility for the attack and `warned that others would follow’;

    Whereas in an interview with the Associated Press on February 26, 2013, one of the leaders of the Hezbollah Brigades, Wathiq al-Batat, claimed his group receives weapons and other support from Iran and promised more attacks to come, saying `We will strike them again until they leave’;

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  • Rep. Rohrabacher Condemns Lack of U.S. Response to Murder of MeK Refugees

    Today, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) expressed his outrage in a letter to Ambassador Daniel Fried, the U.S. State Department’s Special Advisor on Ashraf, regarding the rocket attack over the weekend that left six members of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MeK) dead and over 40 wounded. The MeK refugees have been displaced from their long term residence in Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty, where the latest attack was carried out.

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  • Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its sixty-fourth session, 27–31 August 2012

    The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in its second opinion adopted at its sixty-fourth session, 27–31 August 2012 evaluates that the conditions in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty are synonymous with that of a detention center and is in violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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  • Rep. Rohrabacher letter to Secretary Clinton, November 29, 2012

    Today, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, inquiring why no US officials have conducted an inspection visit of Camp Liberty, Iraq in almost a month. Camp Liberty now holds almost all the former residents of Camp Ashraf, members of the Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen-e Khalq.
    “During the lead up to the planned transfer of the Camp Ashraf residents, I was repeatedly assured that officials from the US Embassy in Baghdad would frequently visit Camp Liberty to ensure the residents’ safety and well being,” writes Rohrabacher. “A month gap between visits is entirely unacceptable. America’s credibility has been and is currently being tarnished by our failure to safeguard a group of civilians who we disarmed and left at the mercy of the Iranian regime and its allies in Baghdad.”

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  • UN Secretary-General covers range of key issues in meetings with world leaders, representatives

    Mr. Ban also thanked the Government of Iraq for its cooperation with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and on the peaceful relocation of former residents of Camp Ashraf, reiterating the urgent need for UN Member States to offer resettlement opportunities to recognized refugees.

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  • Noon briefing by Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

    Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, has welcomed the arrival of the last major relocation convoy of residents from Camp Ashraf at Camp Hurriya, which took place this weekend.

    Mr. Kobler called the move an important step as we near the end of the relocation process. He thanked the residents for their cooperation and also thanked the Government of Iraq for paving the way for the peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf.

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  • UN envoy welcomes last major transfer of Iranian exiles from Iraqi camp

    The United Nations envoy in Iraq on Sunday welcomed the last major relocation of Iranian exiles from a camp outside of the capital, Baghdad, and called for a renewed focus on resettling the residents in third countries.

    “This is an important step as we near the end of the relocation process. I would like to thank the residents for their cooperation,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). “I would also like to thank the Government of Iraq for ensuring this last major relocation and paving the way for the peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf under the terms of the memorandum of understanding,” he added in a news release.

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  • Iraq: UN envoy welcomes transfer of Iranian exiles to new refugee camp

    In line with a memorandum of understanding signed in December by the UN and the Iraqi Government to resolve the situation, some two-thirds of the residents, or 2,000 people, were re-located to a temporary transit location near Baghdad known as Camp Hurriya – formerly known as Camp Liberty – where a process to determine refugee status is being carried out by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

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