Iraq- Camp Liberty: 1,100 Arab jurists demand end to siege on Iranian refugees in Iraq

Feb 04
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Camp Liberty women hold photos of those killed by the rocket attack.
Camp Liberty women hold photos of those killed by the rocket attack.

By Staff Writer Iran Probe
Thursday, 4 February 2016

1,100 lawyers and jurists from 12 countries across the Arab world issued a statement demanding an end to the siege imposed on Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty, changing the camp management team and recognizing Liberty as a refugee camp.

The announcement was made today by the Jordanian based human rights organization, "Arab Counsel in Defense of Camp Liberty Residents". The 1100 jurists are from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Qatar, United Arab Emirate and Algeria

This statement reads in part:

Camp Liberty, home to Iranian refugees near Baghdad International Airport, was the target of a vicious rocket attack on October 29th, 2015 with 80-enhanced Russian-model 122mm rockets. This attack left 24 of these refugees killed, more than 100 wounded and $10 million dollars in damages inflicted on the camp… At a time when Iraqi National Security Advisor Falih Fayyad signed an agreement on behalf of the Iraqi government back on December 25th, 2011 with a United Nations representative, making Baghdad committed to the protection of the camp residents, from that date forward no protection has been provided for these refugees. In fact, the pressures and medical-logistical blockade imposed on the camp have increased during the past few years… The first urgent step needed to relatively decrease pressure on the residents is to lift the cruel siege on the camp, recognize Liberty as a refugee camp and change the camp’s management team that has been involved in all murders and killings against the residents during seven criminal attacks staged during the past few years.

Therefore, we the signatories of this statement call on the United Nations and United States government, who are committed to the residents’ protection and security, to remind the Iraqi government of its responsibilities in order to prevent any repeat of another bloodbath in Liberty.

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