Friday, 1 July 2016
the Association of Independent Jurists for Defense of Human Rights in Iraq, an Iraqi human rights organization announced that 17,865 lawyers, judges and jurists from 17 Arab countries called for an end to Iran’s meddling in regional countries, and consider a guarantee for the safety and security of Camp Liberty as the litmus test for bringing a final end to Iran’s meddling in Iraq.
the organization further said in a press release that: 17,865 lawyers, judges and jurists from 17 Arab countries including Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates signed a joint statement expressing their abhorrence and strong condemnation vis-à-vis a policy of murder, killings and sectarian crimes pursued by the regime ruling Iran that has engulfed the entire Middle East region for over three decades, from Iraq, Syria and Palestine to Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
“This regime has no intention to end its meddling in regional countries and is seeking to compensate its failed nuclear projects through exporting crises and meddling in regional countries, and to this end overcome and place a lid on its own domestic crises. The people of Arab countries, including Iraq, Syria and Yemen comprehend that all the crimes committed against them are taking place through the direct meddling and military, arms and financial support provided by the regime ruling Iran,” the statement signatories emphasized.
The Arab jurists went on to express their abhorrence of the crimes and massacres carried out by Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, and the displacement of millions of innocent civilians during the past few years. These internally displaced people in Iraq are currently living under the most inhumane conditions.
“One of the aspects of Iran’s criminal policies in Iraq is the missile attacks launched against members of its main opposition organization in Iraq. Seven lethal attacks staged by the elements of this regime in Iraq against this opposition have rendered 141 residents of camps Ashraf and Liberty killed, and more than 1,000 others wounded and injured, whereas they are considered ‘protected persons’ under the 4th Geneva Convention and the UNHCR recognizes them as refugees under international protection,” the statement continues.
The signatories, including 1,566 judges, concluded their statement by emphasizing
the fact that the full eviction of Iran from Iraq, and other countries of the region, is the sole practical solution to end killings in Iraq and other Arab countries of the region. The statement goes on to call for the following measures:
1. Ending Iran’s meddling in Iraq and Arab countries as the main element behind all the killings, instability, insecurity and the spread of sectarianism.
2. Guaranteeing the safety and security of Liberty residents, changing the Camp Liberty management team and placing their dossier under the supervision of competent organs and individuals in the Iraqi government not under the influence of Iran and its affiliated groups.
3. Ending the cruel siege and prison-making measures imposed on Camp Liberty, and recognizing the site as a refugee camp under UNHCR auspices.