Iraqi Forces in Camp Liberty Prevent Critical Patient Transfers to Hospital

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A patient who recently had brain surgery and suffers from heart problems was forced to change nurse and translator six times in one day.

In an inhumane measure, Iraqi forces based in Camp Liberty prevented this critical patient being transferred to hospital this morning.

The female patient, who underwent a brain surgery two weeks ago, developed a heart problem this morning and had to be rushed to hospital without delay according to the medical doctor based in the camp’s clinic operated by Iraq.

The Iraqi forces demanded the patient’s interpreter and the nurse be changed. After the interpreter and the nurse were changed, they once again claimed that the new ones were not acceptable either; so the residents changed them again. The Iraqi forces repeated this despicable game six times in order to introduce as much delay as possible in the transfer of the patient.

Repeated contacts with UNAMI, UNHCR and the U.S. Embassy by the residents’ representatives to resolve this humanitarian problem led nowhere. The clear objective is nothing but to torment to death the patients and to psychologically torture all residents.

In addition, today, Iraqi forces prevented the transfer of five more patients to the hospital. Three of these patients had appointments for eye surgery with specialist physicians at the hospital and thus they all missed their appointments for surgery that they had arranged after many weeks.

The criminal medical blockade is being implemented under the supervision of Faleh Fayad. So far, he has tormented to death twenty-one residents of Ashraf and Liberty. If the residents had free access to medical services, most of them would have been saved.

Given the repeated and written commitments by the U.S. government and the United Nations regarding the security and well-being of Camp Liberty residents, the Iranian Resistance calls for their immediate intervention to end this anti-human blockade and to secure the free access of residents to medical services. These measures are blatant and serious violation of international conventions and clear cases of crimes against humanity, whose perpetrators should be held accountable.

Shahriar Kia is a member of the Iranian opposition (PMOI /MEK). He is a human rights activist and political analyst on Iran and the Middle East.