Iranian Resistance Head Calls for UN Inquiry Into Rocket Attacks in Camp Liberty

And imperative for urgent action by U.S., EU and UN to secure protection of Camp Liberty residents

On Sunday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, called for an independent inquiry by United Nations on the rocket attacks and massacre of Iranian refugees in Iraq. She said: It is four months now that the Iraqi government and its master (Iranian regime) are doing their outmost to cover up the reality of the September 1 massacre in Camp Ashraf.

It is the responsibility of United States and the European Union to urge United Nations to conduct an independent inquiry and prevent stonewalling by Government of Iraq. She warned that “U.S., UN and EU have complete responsibility for anything that might happen to PMOI members in Camp Liberty” because U.S. has the obligation and the capacity to transfer all PMOI members to America, but so far has sidestepped from it.

She accentuated that abstention from urgent practical steps by U.S., EU and UN to guarantee the safety and protection of Camp Liberty residents, only emboldens the mullahs and their puppet government in Iraq to repeat their atrocities against the defenseless residents of Liberty on a much larger scale. President-elect of the Iranian Resistance was speaking at the National Council of Resistance Headquarters near Paris to a great ceremony in commemoration of the most recent rocket attack victims of Camp Liberty where close to 3000 members of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are living in Iraq.

Camp Liberty was targeted by dozens of missiles and rockets on December 26 that killed four defenseless residents who were ‘protected persons’ by the Geneva conventions and injured another seventy.

This camp that is situated in a protected area of Baghdad Airport was attacked by Maliki’s elements at the behest of the Iranian regime. So far, 38 rocket impact points have been identified. Some of the rockets were 280 mm with a destructive power 20 times that of 107 mm rockets.

French personalities, including elected officials from Val d’Oise Province such as Jean-Pierre Bequet, mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise and member of provincial council, and dignitaries such as honorary governor and former head of DST Yves Bonnet, former UN Chief of Human Rights Office in Iraq Tahar Boumedra, and religious personalities such as Bishop Gaillot; Sheikh Khalil Merroun, head of d’Evry Mosque; Abderrahmane Dahmane, President of Council of Muslim Democrats of France; and a great number of Iranians and supporters of resistance from throughout Europe participated in this ceremony. Speakers reminded the explicit commitments by the international community, U.S., EU and UN. They emphasized that any political considerations in this issue are immoral, indefensible and tantamount to participation in the crime.

In particular, they called on France to launch an initiative at the Security Council for protection of Camp Liberty residents and launching an inquiry into the Ashraf massacre. Rajavi called on the international community, in particular the U.S., EU, UN and the UN Security Council to adopt urgent measures to save the lives of these defenseless asylum-seekers.

Among such measures she enumerated minimum security provision in Camp Liberty, immediate release of the seven Ashraf hostages, conducting a comprehensive, independent, transparent and impartial probe into the September 1 atrocity in Ashraf and the December 26 attack on Liberty by United Nations, abandoning political considerations and transferring asylum-seekers in Camp Liberty, especially the injured and the ailing, to European countries or United States.

The rocket attack on Camp Liberty was carried out while on September 1, fifty-two Iranian refugees in Iraq were mass executed by Iraqi government forces at the behest of the Iranian regime and seven were taken hostage.

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.