Call on High Commissioners for Human Rights and Refugees to ensure protection for Ashraf residents
It is Monday afternoon, the 8th of August 2011, and a sit-in by Iranians in defense of Ashraf in front of the United Nations’ European Headquarters in Geneva, has reached its 100th day with no resolution by the UN.
Today is different, because Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, joined the participants.
Speaking to those assembled, Mrs. Rajavi said: “The real quarrel is over Ashraf; but this, in fact, is the focal point of the Iranian people’s fight for freedom and their right to bring down the regime of Velayat-e faqih. The henchmen ruling Iran are bent on obliterating and destroying Ashraf and you, with utmost honor, work for the obliteration and destruction of the Velayat-e faqih regime. Surely, it is you who will be victorious because your cause is just, and you have risen up for a genuine ideal, and you are ready to pay and have been paying the price for your struggle.”
Mrs. Rajavi added: “Your demands are international protection for Ashraf residents, confirmation of their collective refugee status, stationing of a UN monitoring team in Ashraf, and conducting an independent investigation into the April 8 massacre. We shall follow up these demands which are the demands of all Iranian people with all our might using every resource and every political and diplomatic avenue.”
Mrs. Rajavi reminded the U.S. government and UN agencies, not for the first time, of their responsibilities towards the security of Ashraf residents and reiterated the residents’ status as Political Refugees and Protected Persons under the 4th Geneva Convention.
Mrs. Rajavi called on the Swiss government to fulfill its responsibility for the implementation of the Geneva Convention for the safe keeping of Camp Ashraf residents.
Thanks to Shahriar Kia inside Camp Ashraf, Iraq, for the information for this story.