On Tuesday July 22, 2008, eight survivors of the Rajavi cult, who have managed to get themselves out of Iraq and into Europe, attended a meeting in the US embassy in Paris and presented a letter in support of the people who are left back in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
The names of the newly arrived survivors of the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation terrorist training camp in Iraq - who are protected by the US administration against the will of the Iraqi government - will be kept in confidence at the request of their lawyers and the French police because of fears for their safety.
Rahai Association of Netherlands is proud to announce that the association was involved in helping the new arrivals of the camp and joined them in the meeting.
The names and the stories of every individual will be announced in future along with the stories about the inhuman way the Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) has tried to control and suppress them during their stay inside the camp.
Rahai July 24, 2008
Address: prinsesseweg 44-1 9717 BK Groningen Netherlands
Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton US Embassy in France
2, avenue Gabriel 75382 Paris Cedex 08 France
In our introduction we must first express our gratitude to members of the American armed forces in Iraq who helped us to escape from the clutches of the Iranian terrorist cult, Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK), after the group was disarmed in 2003.
We are representing people who want to leave Camp Ashraf, individuals like ourselves who are desperate to get out of the MeK as a terrorist organisation.
We have now reached the safety of Europe after enduring a difficult struggle to get here. We are disappointed that while American forces did nothing to hinder our eventual freedom, nothing was done in any way to help us get to safety and return to normal life.
It is because of this situation that we promised our friends that once we were safe we would speak on behalf of those yet to escape. As the personal representative of President George Bush, we appeal to you to take our message to the heart of your government.
We were greatly disappointed by the closure of the TIPF at Camp Ashraf, Iraq in May this year. This has made it almost impossible for anyone else to leave the MeK and turn their back on terrorism and violence. The US government makes bold statements about the ‘war on terror’. What happens when those involved desperately want to turn their back on terrorism and return to normal life? Does the Administration have no responsibility toward them when they are under your protection?
Instead of helping those who abandon violence as a way of life, American forces are deliberately protecting the infrastructure of the MeK terror group in Iraq. Your government is fully aware of the conditions inside Camp Ashraf. The incidences of unrest, violence and suicides speak of desperate dissatisfaction among those trapped inside the MeK’s hegemony. Yet, for five years your soldiers have been giving protection to both the environment and the individuals which perpetuate this suffering.
American soldiers essentially washed their hands of us once removing us from TIPF. It has been through good fortune and our own efforts that a number of us have reached Europe and gained our freedom. Your government has failed in a moral responsibility to aid those who turn their backs on terrorism.
What will you do now to help others who want to leave the MeK?
The Iraqi government has repeatedly demanded the removal of all foreign terrorist groups from their country. In this respect, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has recently discovered that Iran will no longer accept any ex-MeK from Iraq. Those who protest loudly that the people in Camp Ashraf are in imminent danger of being expelled to Iran and rounded up and executed are plainly wrong. There is no way they can return to their families, even if they want to. This is because your government has failed to dismantle the group over five years and give everyone in the camp the minimum of freedom to decide their own fate.
If you had, we are sure you would have no more than a few hundred loyal terrorists on your hands at this time. Instead, you are forced to remove 3,300 unformed combatants which since 1997 your government has designated as terrorists, from Camp Ashraf under utmost secrecy and maximum security to an unknown location.
There are tens of hundreds who would willingly leave the MeK if they had a minimum of help. We ask you in the name of their families, in the name of human rights and in the name of morality to give them that help.
Yours sincerely On behalf of our friends in Camp Ashraf, Iraq
BBC: group of Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) defectors arrived in France
Report on the First Series of Survivors of Mojahedin-e Khalq's Camp Ashraf in Iraq Arrive in France
PARIS, April 6, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a press conference in Paris on April 5, 2008, the first series of survivors of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation, aka the Rajavi cult or Saddam's private army, announced their escape from Camp Ashraf in Iraq and their arrival in Europe.
The Mojahedin, which is proscribed as a foreign terrorist entity in the US, UK, EU and Canada, was bombarded and disarmed by the US army back in 2003 and have been confined since in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
Ms. Nasrin Ebrahimi, 26 years old, who served in the group for over 10 years explained how two years ago she used a military vehicle to escape the terrorist run camp and take sanctuary with the American Army. She alleged that Marjan Akbari, daughter of Bashir Akbari, was killed by the organisation about two years ago.
(Ms. Marjan Akbari)
Mr. Jamshid Charlang, 49 years old, alleged imprisonment and torture by the Mojahedin for criticising the group's leaders. He said during his imprisonment he witnessed the torture and murder of Parivis Ahmadi in an MKO run prison inside Camp Ashraf. The MKO prevented Charlang from seeing his wife and child for twenty years. After the fall of Saddam he escaped and reached the American army camp before arriving in Paris.
Ebad, 33 years old, and Alireza, 36 years old, were among others talking about the situation of Camp Ashraf which is protected by the American Army, but is still run internally by the uniformed military structure kept intact during the past five years.
In February 2008, Massoud Khodabandeh of Iran-Interlink reported from Baghdad after several meetings addressing the issue of foreign terrorism in Iraq. Iraq's government demand to expel all 3,000+ Camp Ashraf captives is stalled because no western country will de-proscribe the group so that asylum can be granted them. In the interim, Sahar Family Foundation was established in Iraq to help disaffected Mojahedin members who renounce terrorism find asylum, be reunited with their families and integrate back into mainstream life.
The Conference was organised by the Association for the Protection of Iranian Refugees in France. According to BBC reporting, the Association's spokesman Javad Firoozmand said this is only the first group to arrive in France after the establishment of Sahar Family Foundation.
group of Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) defectors arrived in France
Reported by BBC originally in Persian, a group of Mojahedin-e Khalq’s detached members arrived in France. It is the first of a number of groups that managed to leave Iraq for a Western country.
In the past months, groups of separated members have struggled to get to Western countries through neighboring countries. Many of them were arrested especially in Turkish borders and were returned to Iraq. Following Saddam’s fall, a big number of MKO’s members held within the Camp Ashraf against their will, found the opportunity to escape the cult and take refuge in an American-run temporary facility not properly accommodated for the huge number of defectors.
A reported number of 380 have already returned to Iran under the auspices of the ICRC but there are still many who have filled to be granted refuge in Western countries.
Asghar Farzin, Reza Sadeghi, and Ali Biglary, former members of the MKO, plead for justice against the organisation to the Iraqi judicial authorities and urge them to deal with the situation in Ashraf camp
... I Ali Biglari was born on 1969 in Kermanshah, Iran. During the Iran-Iraq war I was arrested by the Iraqi forces. On October 1989 the MKO people including Mehdi Abrishamchi came to the camp of the prisoners of war in Iraq and recruited me telling many lies and giving false promises. On the year 2000 I announced that I wanted to dispatch the organisation and consequently they put me in solitary confinement. The condition to get out of the jail was to announce that I regretted my previous request to leave the organisation. Eventually they handed me over to the Iraqi security forces and they took me strait to Abu-Ghraib prison under the charge of illegally passing the boarder ...
I Asghar Farzin was born on 1965 in Abadan, Iran. On 1987 I moved to Turkey to continue my studying in that country. I was acquainted with the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) in the university. They spoke about freedom and justice and also Islam and recruited me into their organisation. The same year, that is December 1987, I was sent to Iraq for a short visit and I returned back to Turkey. The following year I was asked to go to Turkey for a short visit again and I accepted. But this time my passport was taken away from me and they did not let me go back to Turkey. I had to stay in Ashraf camp until the year 2003.
When the coalition and American forces occupied Iraq, I took refuge with the Americans and on February 2004 I moved to a camp called TIPF. On March 2005 I went to Iran to my family in Bushehr on my own request. Now I have come back to Iraq to file a lawsuit against the MKO in Iraqi judicial system.
Consequently 17 years of my life has been wasted and I was kept in Iraq against my will with no contact with my family and if the Americans had not occupied Iraq, God knows how long I had to stay in Ashraf camp. The leaders claim that the entry door of the organisation is closed but the exit is always open. They seduced me and it appeared that they take me to Iraq for a short period but then they said that the exit is only open to the Abu-Ghraib prison in Iraq. Many discontented members had been sent to Abu-Ghraib, therefore I chose to stay in the organisation.
During this period anytime I demanded to contact my family in Iran or I requested to leave the organisation they put me under severe psychological pressure to the point that I would withdraw my request.
The MKO has used seduction as well as compulsion to take away many years of my life when I was young and made me to do forced unpaid labour all through these years. Could a value be estimated for many years of my lost life and my poor heath state at the moment? I urge the Iraqi authorities to deal with the case of the inhabitants of Ashraf camp too who are subject to constant brainwashing and who have no contact with the outside world. I request that the leaders of the MKO face trial since they have abused the basic human rights of their own members. --------------
I Gholam-Reza Sadeqhi Jebeli was born on 1961 in Esfahan, Iran. On 1986 I left Iran to Pakistan and then to Canada and I stayed in Toronto. I married there and I have a son called Arian. After the first Gulf war I was recruited into the MKO and I used to participate in their meetings. On March 1994 I started to work with the organisation fulltime and I used to do street collection and recruiting other people. Then the organisation sent me to the USA and I was a fulltime member over there too. Then I was asked to go to Iraq for a short visit. I travelled to Iraq from New York on September 1997. But in Iraq they took my passport and did not let me go back to Canada again. So I had to stay there against my will until April 2006 when I left the organisation and moved to TIPF. There I realised that my son who had been taken to Iran by a friend when I was going to Iraq is still in Iran and his mother is badly missing me and her. She had gone through hard psychological experiences all through these years and she was hospitalised as the result of enormous mental pressure since she had no trace of either me or our son. The organisation never let me have any sort of contact with them.
Then I decided to go to Iran voluntarily since my son was there. I managed to send him back to Canada to his mother. Now although I can go to Canada myself but I decided to come to Iraq to file a lawsuit against the MKO for wasted many years of my life and my shattered family. The fact is that the organisation seduced me to go to Iraq and forced me to stay there and did not let me to have any contacts with my family in Canada or in Iran. I should also add that when I announced inside the organisation that I would definitely want to despatch from the MKO and the psychological pressure had no use, they assaulted me physically which left me a broken finger which is still noticeable. -----------------
I Ali Biglari was born on 1969 in Kermanshah, Iran. During the Iran-Iraq war I was arrested by the Iraqi forces. On October 1989 the MKO people including Mehdi Abrishamchi came to the camp of the prisoners of war in Iraq and recruited me telling many lies and giving false promises. On the year 2000 I announced that I wanted to dispatch the organisation and consequently they put me in solitary confinement. The condition to get out of the jail was to announce that I regretted my previous request to leave the organisation. Eventually they handed me over to the Iraqi security forces and they took me strait to Abu-Ghraib prison under the charge of illegally passing the boarder. In the prison I requested to meet with the ICRC but they paid no attention and there was no trial either. I was a POW and I was registered with the Red Cross and had an ID number, so illegally passing the boarder had no significance with my case, but they used to say openly that I had to either go back to the MKO or stay in prison without any trial. I was in prison up to the second Gulf war when I was handed over to the Iranian officials and I went back to my family on March 2003. Now I have been married for three years and I have a two years old daughter. I have returned to Iraq to claim for 18 years of my life which was wasted in Iraq and the physical and psychological damages that I suffered both inside the organisation and inside Abu-Ghraib prison. Mehdi Abrishamchi and others who came to the camp of PWOs in Iraq seduced me and showed me a false image of the MKO. They first told me that I can leave anytime I wanted to but I ended up in Abu-Ghraib prison. They imprisoned me and tortured me inside the organisation merely because I wanted to depart and they left the rest of the work for Saddam's security forces. The mental pressure on me was so high that I once committed suicide inside the organisation but fortunately I survived.
I have come to Iraq to urge the Iraqi judicial authorities to deal with many crimes of the MKO in Iraq against its own members and also deal with the situation of those mentally and physically captured in Ashraf camp and help them. ------------------
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ادعاء السادة اصغر فرزين ، غلام رضا صادقي وعلي بيكلري الاعضاء المنفصلين عن منظمة خلق للجهات القضائية العراقية ضد المنظمة وطلب تقصي اوضاع مقر اشرف في العراق من قبل المسؤولين العراقيين
اني اصغر فرزين (رامين) مواليد 1965 / ابادان ، سافرت الى تركيا عام 1987 لاكمال الدراسة وفي تركيا واثناء دراستي الجامعية تعرفت على افراد من المنظمة وهم يتحدثون عن الحرية والعدالة وعن الاسلام ويكسبونا اليهم ، في العام ذاته وتحديدا في (كانون الاول 1987) ارسلت الى العراق وبشكل مؤ ثم عدت الى تركيا ، طلب مني في العام التالي ان اذهب الى العراق مرة اخرى وبصورة مؤقتة ايضا فقبلت بذلك وذهبت غير انهم قد اخذوا جواز سفري ولم يسمحوا لي بالعودة الى تركيا وبقيت هناك في مقر اشرف مرغما حتى عام 2003 .
عند احتلال قوات التحالف وامريكا للعراق لجئت الى القوات الامريكية وفي النهاية وفي شباط 2004 نقلوني الى معسكرهم المسمى TIPF للاجئين . وفي اذار 2005 وبصورة طوعية وبطلب مني عدت الى ايران الى جانب عائلتي في بوشهر ، جئت الان الى العراق لاعلن عن جرائم منظمة خلق .
لقد هدر ما يقارب 17 سنة من عمري رغما عني في العراق ، وان لم يكن احتلال امريكا للعراق فلم يكن من المعلوم الى متى يجب ان ابقى في اشرف .
المنظمة ادعت ان طرق الدخول للمنظمة قد اغلقت ولكن طرق الخروج هي مفتوحة تماما ، لقد استغفلتني (المنظمة) حيث ارسلوني الى العراق لمدة قصيرة على الظاهر وفيما بعد قالوا ان الطريق الوحيد المفتوح للخروج من المنظمة هو طريق سجن ابوغريب في العراق ، لقد ارسلوا الكثير الى سجن ابوغريب لذا اجبرت على البقاء في المنظمة .
خلال تلك الفترة لم يسمحوا لي ولو لمرة واحدة الاتصال بعائلتي في ايران الذين لا يعرفون شيئا عن مصيري، بعد كل هذه السنوات التي عملت فيها ليلا ونهارا في المنظمة، وعند انفصالي عنهم لم يسمحوا لي باصطحاب اية حاجة معي حتى انهم قد خلعوا سترتي مني ووصفوني بالعميل والخائن وان لم يحضر الامريكان لتعرضوا لي جسديا ايضا .
خلال تلك الفترة وعند اي وقت اطلب الاتصال بعائلتي او ان اطلب الانفصال يعرضوني الى اشد الضغوط النفسية مما اضطر الى سحب طلبي، منظمة خلق باستخدامها الكذب والخدع وكذلك الفرض والاجبار قد سرقت كل سنوات شبابي واجبروني على السخرة، هل تثمن سنوات عمري التي هدرت ووضعي الجسدي والنفسي في الوقت الحالي بثمن؟ اطلب من المسؤولين العراقيين التقصي بشأن اوضاع الساكنين في اشرف والذين يعرضون دائما لغسيل الدماغ وليس لديهم اي ارتباط بالعالم الخارجي، اطالب محاكمة قيادة منظمة خلق لجريمتهم بانتهاكهم اهم الحقوق الانسانية لافرادهم .
اني غلام رضا صادقي مواليد 1961 / اصفهان ، في عام 1986 خرجت من ايران الى باكستان ثم الى كندا حيث اقمت في مدينة تورنتو، هناك تزوجت ورزقت بطفل (آرين)، بعد حرب الخليج الاولى التحقت بمنظمة خلق واشاركت في اجتماعاتها، وفي اذار 1994 بدأت العمل مع المنظمة بصورة كاملة نشاطات مالية واجتماعية وتجنيد افراد جدد، ثم ارسلت الى امريكا وعملت هناك طول الوقت، عندها طلب مني الذهاب الى العراق لزيارة قصيرة، في ايلول عام 1997 ارسلت من نيويورك الى العراق وهناك سحبوا جواز سفري ولم يسمحوا لي بالعودة الى كندا وحتى نيسان عام 2006 حيث انفصلت عن المنظمة لم يسمح لي الاتصال بعائلتي في ايران او في كندا .
في الوقت الذي انفصلت عن المنظمة وذهبت الى مجمع TIPF (مجمع اللاجئين عند الامريكان) هناك علمت بان ابني الذي ارسلته الى ايران بصورة مؤقتة عند ذهابي الى العراق لازال في ايران وان والدته وبسبب عدم معرفتها شيئا عنا (انا وابني) فقد اصابتها حالة نفسية ادت بها الى الرقود في المستشفى لمدة من الزمن وتعرضت الى ضغوط عصبية شديدة .
وبسبب وجود ابني في ايران فقررت الذهاب الى ايران ورتبت سفره الى كندا ليكون الى جانب امه، ومع وجود امكانية ذهابي الى كندا لكني فضلت المجيء الى العراق لكي اقدم شكوى الى الجهات القضائية في العراق لما سببته لي المنظمة (باستخدامها الخدع والاجبار) من تشتت عائلتي وعمري الذي ذهب هدرا .
علما انه في الوقت الذي اعلنت فيه انفصالي عن المنظمة تعرضت لضغوط نفسية من قبل المنظمة لكنها لم تعد تؤدي مفعولها مما ادى بهم الى التعرض علي ٌ جسديا وعلى اثره فقد كسر اصبع من يدي وهو واضح الان .
اني علي بيكلري مواليد 1969 / كرمانشاه ، اثناء الحرب العراقية الايرانية وبتاريخ 28 اذار 1986 وقعت اسيرا بيد القوات العراقية وفي تشرين الاول 1989 جاءت مجموعة من افراد منظمة خلق من ضمنهم مهدي ابريشمجي الى معسكرات الاسرى الايرانيين في العراق وباعطائهم الوعود تمكنوا من كسب مجموعة منا (الاسرى) واخذونا معهم، في عام 2000 اعلنت انفصالي عن المنظمة فسجنت لمدة 9 اشهر سجنا انفراديا على اثر اعلان انفصالي لكي اعلن ندمي، وفي عام 2001 تم تحويلي الى القوات الامنية العراقية وهؤلاء بدورهم وبجريمة العبور غير القانوني من الحدود ارسلوني مباشرة الى سجن ابوغريب .
في السجن لم يهتموا بطلباتنا اللقاء بالصليب الاحمر ولم تجرى اية محاكمة، انا كنت اسير حرب ولدي ُ رقم الصليب وقضية تجاوز الحدود بالنسبة لي لم يكن لها معنى، غير انهم وبصراحة يقولون عليك الرجوع الى المنظمة او البقاء في السجن الى امد غير معلوم، فبقيت هناك حتى اذار 2003 وقبل الهجوم الامريكي على العراق حيث ذهبوا بنا الى الحدود الايرانية وتم تسليمنا الى الجهات الايرانية وعدت الى جانب عائلتي وقد تزوجت قبل ثلاث سنوات ورزقت ببنت (وهي الان في السنة الثانية من عمرها)، لقد رجعت الى العراق لاقدم شكواي بخصوص 18 عام ذهبت من عمري وشبابي هدرا في العراق وما تعرضته اليه من اضرار معنوية وجسدية في المنظمة وفي سجن ابوغريب، لقد خدعنا مهدي ابريشمجي ومن جاء معه الى معسكر الاسرى فلم تكن منظمة خلق مثل ما صوروها لنا وعند طلبنا الخروج من المنظمة ما وجدنا انفسنا الا في سجن ابوغريب، لقد تعرضنا للسجن والتعذيب لمجرد طلبنا الانفصال عن المنظمة فقط واستمرارا لذلك اودعونا للجهاز صدام حسين الامني.
لقد حاولت الانتحار عندما كنت في المنظمة بسبب شدة الضغوط النفسية التي تعرضت لها لكن دون جدوى .
جئت الى العراق لاطلب من المسؤولين العراقيين التقصي عن جرائم المنظمة ومساعدتهم لاسرى الفكر المتورطين في مقر اشرف .
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