update on camp Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL)

update on camp Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL)

UNHCR, Geneva, December 16 2015:… 1- 2015 has seen the largest number of relocations out of Iraq in a calendar year since the international community and the Government of Iraq began efforts to find relocation opportunities for residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL) in 2011. 2- By the end of 2015, more than 1,100 residents will have been …

پارلمان عراق در حمایت از خانواده های گروگانهای رجوی در کمپ لیبرتیIraqi Parliament take action to aid families of Liberty residents Iraq

خانواده ها کمپ لیبرتی سپتامبر 2015Rajavi tortures Camp Liberty residents in Iraq by denying family contact

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Update No. 13

Update on the implementation of solutions for residents of Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL)

کمیساریای عالی پناهندگی سازمان ملل متحد1- 2015 has seen the largest number of relocations out of Iraq in a calendar year since the international community and the Government of Iraq began efforts to find relocation opportunities for residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL) in 2011.

2- By the end of 2015, more than 1,100 residents will have been relocated to a situation of safety in third countries. This represents more than a third of the residents registered by UNHCR. By the beginning of 2016, it is expected that fewer than 1,970 residents will remain in the TTL.

3- The situation with relocations is at its most buoyant since efforts began. Almost half of all relocations have taken place in the latter half of 2015. These outcomes have been achieved with the cooperation and flexibility of the residents who have proceeded with the relocation process despite difficult circumstances, including rocket attacks on 29 October 2015 which resulted in the deaths of 24 residents and injuries to dozens of others.

4- UNHCR strongly condemned the rocket attacks; the High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, stating: “This is a most deplorable act, and I am greatly concerned at the harm that has been inflicted on those living at Camp Liberty. Every effort must continue to be made for the injured and to identify and bring to account those responsible.”

5- UNHCR deeply appreciates the measures taken by some countries to relocate residents to situations of safety and security. Albania’s exceptional contribution to this humanitarian endeavour merits special note. Albania has received more than three-quarters of the residents who have been relocated. Its efforts have contributed greatly to international efforts to find solutions for this group of people.

6- Central to the recent success is the residents’ commitment to meeting the bulk of costs associated with relocations to Albania. This commitment to meet travel costs and living expenses is crucial to the ongoing implementation of solutions for the group.

7- UNHCR urgently renews its calls upon states to find ways to offer long term solutions for the residents who remain at the Hurriya TTL. This appeal for help should be read in light of the potential for more attacks on the Hurriya TTL. As well as the attack of October 2015, the residents have been subjected to several rocket attacks, both in the Hurriya TTL and in Camp New Iraq (the former Camp Ashraf), which also resulted in deaths and injuries. These attacks, coupled with the current conflict in Iraq, leave residents of the Hurriya TTL open to significantly heightened security risks. This emphasizes the need for quick and pragmatic action on the part of States to ensure that these people are relocated to a situation of safety and security.

8- UNHCR continues to call upon the Government of Iraq to take all possible measures to ensure the safety and well-being of residents, including ensuring access to life saving medical treatment and assistance with the provision of good and services to enable the residents to make arrangements for their own protection.

9- UNHCR also recalls the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations explicitly recognizes that residents benefit from the principle of non-refoulement.

UNHCR, Geneva, 14 December 2015

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Letter to the UNHCR

Sahar Family Foundation, Baghdad, November 20 2015:… we have been inundated by calls in the past couple of weeks by the families of the residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq who wish to learn about their loved ones trapped in the Rajavi Cult known as the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, MeK, NCRI, NLA, PMOI).In this letter we as their representative …

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Letter to the UNHCR

The following letter was sent to the UNHCR on behalf of the suffering families of the residents of Camp Liberty:

The UNHCR – Baghdad

Dear Sir or Madam,

With kind regards, we have been inundated by calls in the past couple of weeks by the families of the residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq who wish to learn about their loved ones trapped in the Rajavi Cult known as the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, MeK, NCRI, NLA, PMOI).

In this letter we as their representative wish to state that considering:

1. The UNHCR is directly and solely responsible for Camp Liberty and its residents and the Camp is managed and run by the UNHCR;

2. The UNHCR is obliged to be in contact with the refugees inside the camp directly with no proxy in between, and that dealing them as a group with contacting only with the leaders is against your own regulations and obligations;

3. Iraq and Camp Liberty is by no means a safe place for the residents according to past experiences over time;

Therefore, we wish to ask you why:

1. The families are not allowed to visit or be in contact with their loved ones inside the Camp?

2. The UNHCR yields to the demands of the cult leader Massoud Rajavi all the time?

3. The entire residents have not been moved to a safe place yet more than 12 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein?

We on behalf of the families are anxiously looking forward to receiving your reply as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely,

Sahar Family Foundation

Baghdad, November 20, 2015

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Rajavi Ideology – ‘shed blood for publicity’

Iran Interlink, October 30 2015:…Rajavis are responsible for the deaths of over 25,000 Iraqi citizens. In this context we may never discover who launched attacks on the MEK. What we can state however, is that the Rajavis caused these deaths because in spite of giving ‘repeated warnings’ they refused to allow these vulnerable individuals to be taken to safety…

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Rajavi Ideology – ‘shed blood for publicity’

Massoud and Maryam Rajavi are personally responsible for the deaths of 25 residents along with several Iraqi soldiers during a katyusha attack aimed at Camp Liberty yesterday. Maryam Rajavi’s only response has been to say ‘we warned you repeatedly this would happen’.

In the context of real events in Iraq this sounds more like a wish than a warning. What Rajavi does not reveal is that, in spite of fears of exactly the kind of attack she has repeatedly looked forward to, she and her husband have consistently refused to allow the MEK members to leave Iraq and take refuge in third countries. Since 2003, successive Iraqi governments have ruled the MEK’s presence in Iraq unconstitutional and have worked with the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Iraq’s ministry of human rights and the Iranian embassy in Iraq to find a safe and peaceful way to remove all the MEK from Iraq. With the principle of non-refoulement accepted by all other parties as the basis of this programme, only the MEK leaders refused to cooperate.

Even when the resident’s families and even the MEK’s own lobbyists in the West like Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton, Brian Binley and Struan Stevenson, have tried to rescue the individuals trapped in the MEK camps in Iraq, the Rajavis have time and time again refused to let them go or to let them be helped. Even though many individuals who managed to escape the camps have made their way to safety in Europe. Even though millions of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq have made their way to Europe. Even though the UN negotiated a safe haven in Albania to which it is slowly but surely transferring the remaining residents of Camp Liberty. If Rajavi had allowed these people to leave five years ago, these tragic deaths would not have occurred.

The MEK has many enemies in Iraq. As part of Saddam Hussein’s repressive apparatus and known as ‘Saddam’s Private Army’, the Rajavis and their MEK are responsible for the deaths of over 25,000 Iraqi citizens. In this context we may never discover who launched yesterday’s or any previous attacks on the MEK in Iraq. What we can state with absolute certainty, however, is that the Rajavis caused these deaths because in spite of giving ‘repeated warnings’ they refused to allow these vulnerable individuals to be taken to safety. They deliberately left them in harms way.

It should now be clear to everyone that the reason behind Massoud Rajavi’s insistence on keeping people in Iraqi is not because these aging and sick people are involved in a struggle against Iran. It is because of the ideology which he created after being released from prison in 1979 and began acting as the MEK’s spokesman. This ideology is simply expressed as ‘kill for publicity’. From 21st June 1981, the Eternal Light operation in 1988, the self-immolations in Europe in 2004 and the repeated attacks on Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, in all these cases Rajavi has caused deaths in order for an MEK spokesman to have a media interview and cry victim. The result is simply the continued survival of the MEK brand. The cost is counted in the lives of people who could easily be helped. These are not martyrs to a cause, they are victims of Rajavi’s vanity. Camp Liberty is nothing more than a blood bank waiting to be spent by Rajavi.

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Families at Camp Liberty say ‘meeting our loved ones is a fundamental human right’

Iran Interlink, Camp Liberty, September 07 2015:… Newly arrived families stand outside Camp Liberty holding placards with the names of their loved ones. The slogans they shout say that ‘meeting with our loved ones is our fundamental human right’. Many have been denied contact for decades because the Rajavi cult bans members from contacting their families …

خانواده ها کمپ لیبرتی سپتامبر 2015Rajavi tortures Camp Liberty residents in Iraq by denying family contact

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Families at Camp Liberty say ‘meeting our loved ones is a fundamental human right’

Newly arrived families stand outside Camp Liberty holding placards with the names of their loved ones. The slogans they shout say that ‘meeting with our loved ones is our fundamental human right’. Many have been denied contact for decades because the Rajavi cult bans members from contacting their families. These families are concerned that their loved ones may be transferred to Albania without notice and are appealing to UN and Iraqi officials as well as the MEK’s supporters to allow them to meet with them.

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Family members of Camp Liberty residents appeal for help from Baghdad

Iran Interlink, Baghdad, September 06 2015:… 24 Iranians who have travelled from Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan and Yazd provinces have just arrived in Baghdad. They will visit Camp Liberty tomorrow where they hope to make contact with their loved ones. These are family members of individuals in the camp and have become concerned about reports that …

خانواده های گروگانهای فرقه رجوی بیرون کمپ لیبرتیRajavi tortures Camp Liberty residents in Iraq by denying family contact

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Family members of Camp Liberty residents appeal for help from Baghdad

24 Iranians who have travelled from Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan and Yazd provinces have just arrived in Baghdad. They will visit Camp Liberty tomorrow where they hope to make contact with their loved ones. These are family members of individuals in the camp and have become concerned about reports that their loved ones may be transferred to Albania without notice and wish to be able to see them. They stress that they have no political agenda and only wish to make family visits. They are not for or against anybody and don’t wish to persuade their loved ones in any way, only to meet with them. The family members appeal to anybody, including the MEK’s supporters, to help facilitate these meetings, after which they will return home.

 

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Nejat families letter to Presdient Alebadi

Nejat Society, August 25 2015:… We are a number of families from Ilam Province, Iran. Each family has a loved one taken as a hostage by the Mujahdin Khalq Organization (the cult of Rajavi) for over twenty years. Our beloved children have not been allowed to even make a phone call to contact us. The Cult of Rajavi has kept them behind the bars of the cult …

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Nejat families letter to Presdient Alebadi

Dear Mr. Presdient Heidar Alebadi,

We are a number of families from Ilam Province, Iran. Each family has a loved one taken as a hostage by the Mujahdin Khalq Organization (the cult of Rajavi) for over twenty years. Our beloved children have not been allowed to even make a phone call to contact us. The Cult of Rajavi has kept them behind the bars of the cult against their will.

Your majesty and the international community have witnessed a lot of the MKO’s hostages fleeing Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. They escaped their life and went to Europe where they revealed the true face of the cult.

They write of mental and physical torture they tolerated in the Cult of Rajavi. They tell their stories but the international and human rights bodies keep silent. No one care for our loved ones who have not succeeded to escape the MKO Camps.

We have traveled to Iraq several times, waiting behind the tall walls of Ashraf, suffering the hot weather in the hope of visiting our loved ones for just a moment, even from far distance.

Your cooperation and understanding to aid us meet our loved ones will be greatly appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,

Akbar Cheraghi

Iraj Nasiri

Ne’mat Pirani

Yari Kuchaki

Ali Mahdawi

Morad Jalilian

Sattar Kheyri

Jahangir Khademi

Hamid Kheyri

Khalil Faryadras

Yusof Namdari

Ali Asghar Barani

Taher Gholamhosseini

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Families ask Human Rights Minister to intervene to allow interviews with their relatives in Camp Liberty

Almada Press, Baghdad, June 19 2015:… In a meeting with the Iranian families and the press at the ministry’s headquarters, Iraq’s Minister of Human Rights said “We have a responsibility as a state to protect the lives of these people according to agreements made between Iraq and the United Nations, and we respect all the international resolutions …

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Iranian families ask Iraq’s Human Rights Minister to intervene to allow interviews with their relatives in Camp Liberty

Almada Press – Baghdad

On Sunday 14th June, a number of Iranian families met with Iraq’s Human Rights Minister and asked him to intervene to allow interviews with their relatives in Camp Liberty, and stressed they need “only a few minutes” with them. The Ministry of Human Rights confirmed that the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) leaders’ rejection of the requests of these families was based on “their relatives’ refusal to meet them because of the need to protect the lives of the members of the organization”.

Hussein, who is with the group of families, told Almada Press in an interview that, “we have many times tried to see our relatives despite the MEK’s claims that they won’t meet us, and we have had the help of all the parties involved including the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights and the Red Cross. He pointed out that “all we want is an interview for a few minutes to check on [the wellbeing of] our relatives who have been with this organization for decades without contact with us.”

For her part, Hosna, the daughter of one of the members of the MEK Organization, told Almada Press, “I have repeatedly tried to meet with my father, whom I haven’t seen since I was born – he joined the MEK when I was only was 45 days old – but all attempts have failed. And after moving to Camp Liberty, this camp has very high walls and I cannot see him inside there even from a distance”. She continued, “the only time I have seen him was when they were in Camp Ashraf in Diyala province, when I saw him from far away without talking to him”.

In a meeting with the Iranian families and the press at the ministry’s headquarters, Iraq’s Minister of Human Rights said “We have a responsibility as a state to protect the lives of these people according to agreements made between Iraq and the United Nations, and we respect all the international resolutions, but their presence in Iraq is only for a limited period of time”. He noted, “We will not withhold any assistance that can be provided [to the families] and we will work very hard to secure the needs of these families who have come to meet their relatives in Iraq.”

Haider Hussain Mahdi, Director General of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Human Rights, told Almada Press that “the Ministry of Human Rights has received a group of Iranian families who want to visit their children and loved ones who are in Camp Liberty and this camp, as everyone knows, is home to members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.”

Mahdi continued, “The members of this organization numbered more than 3,000 in their camp in Diyala province during the era of the former regime. Following the ouster of that regime their demands to stay in Iraq were rejected by successive Iraqi governments because their continuation in Iraq is prohibited by law and the Iraqi constitution.” He pointed out that, “the Iraqi authorities are trying to expel them from Iraq in cooperation with the United Nations and US forces (when they were in Iraq).”

Mahdi said, “The families of these individuals, now and earlier, have flocked to Iraq to see them but always faced rejection by the organization which argued that its members do not want to see their loved ones coming from Iran.”

Mahdi said, “We are trying to provide all the facilities possible to enable these families to see their loved ones, and we will take their names and the names of those who they want to see in order to complete this interview process between the individual parties involved”. He pointed out that “all previous attempts failed because the leaders of the individuals inside the camp always rejected such visits or interviews”.

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Mazda Parsi, Nejat bloggers, October 29 2015:… While members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) are undergoing unstable days of striving in a declining cult-like dissident group, US senators, paid by the MKO lobbies, wonder where the leader of the cult, Massoud Rajavi is. In an October7th, hearing before the US Senate committee on Armed …