Mr Teymur Khattar and Mrs Khattar Appeal to the Iraqi legal authorities to deal with the case of the suspicious death of their son Soheyl Kattar in the base of the MKO in Iraq called Camp Ashraf.
Soheyl Khattar (the young man in the middle)
Soheyl Kattar left Iran legally with his Iranian passport along with his cousin Mehran Rastegar to go to Turkey to eventually go to Europe for employment. But they ended up in Camp Ashraf the base of the MKO in Iraq, a place which is quite hard to escape from.
The birth certificate of Soheyl Khattar
Soheyl Kattar was born on September 1981. He was 20 when he left Iran and only 22 when he was suspiciously killed in the Camp Ashraf.
Mr Teymur Khattar (father of Soheyl)
Mr Teymur Khattar shows the Mojahed publication (the MKO weekly) illustrating the picture of his son (the one on the left in the bottom row which he has pointed with his thumb)
According to this publication Soheyl Khattar was killed during the bombings by the alliance forces in the second gulf war in Iraq.
Later the father was told that he was hit under his chin caused by an undesired shot. One of the commanders claimed he committed suicide. One man in Camp Ashraf said to the father covertly that Soheyl was killed since he was not satisfied with the MKO and he wanted to leave.
Mojahed weekly illustrates Soheyl Khattar as a martyr
The Mojahed publication, the weekly journal of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) praises Soheyl Khattar as a martyr in the issue no 623 published in spring 2003.
Sahar Family Foundation (SFF) To aid the families of the MKO members Patience, dawn is near. The Sahar (Dawn) Family Foundation is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profitable organisation which has been established to provide humanitarian aid to the families of members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) who are based in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. This foundation is solely focused on charitable and human rights issues regardless of political or group considerations and geographical boundaries and only aims to help the suffering families.
The Sahar Family Foundation covers a great number of families as well as former members of the MKO who seek help. This foundation enjoys good support amongst the local and international bodies in Iraq which is the base of the foundation.
The MKO has been based in Iraq, precisely in Camp Ashraf, for more than two decades. This organisation is run as a classic cult and therefore would not give its members the chance of free association with the outside world or with their families. Therefore the families of these members are suffering severely and seek assistance from humanitarian organisations.
When the former regime of Iraq was toppled, a small light of hope lit the hearts of the families and they thought that, in the new situation in Iraq, they would be able to visit their beloved ones freely and adequately without the presence of a third party. Some of these families have not heard from their relatives for more than 20 years and some even don't know if their beloved ones are still safe and sound. According to these families those who are residing in Camp Ashraf – as is the case with many cults throughout the world – are considered to be captives both mentally and physically and therefore are assumed as hostages. The Sahar Family Foundation is striving to reunite the members of these families again using every possible means.
Camp Ashraf is the base of the MKO members which is guarded by US forces in Iraq. On the other hand the present Iraqi government insists that Camp Ashraf must be dismantled. Iraqi constitutional law does not permit any foreign terrorist organisations to remain in that country. The US State Department as well as that of Canada, along with the European Union and the British parliament and many other governmental and international bodies have officially designated the MKO as a destructive and terrorist cult. Obviously the members of a cult and their families are considered to be the prime victims whom must be helped. In May 2005 Human Rights Watch published a report called 'No Exit' which details human rights abuses meted out by the MKO against its own members.
At the present time Baghdad is the central meeting point for the misfortunate families and the former members, as well as concerned entities which are all waiting for the crack of dawn. They seek help from all the humanitarian bodies throughout the world. Anyone can help a little. On the other hand, of course, Camp Ashraf, according to many international security professionals, is a centre for training terrorists. The families are concerned about the fate of their children who are subjected to brainwashing and terrorist training.
Please contact us. We would be more than pleased to have your comments and ideas. Help us in any way you can. The members of Sahar Family Foundation are all volunteers who have moved to Iraq to work in the difficult situation of that country merely to gain family reunions.