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UNHCR Statements

UNHCR Statements

UNHCR statements on Camp Liberty residents

Subsequent to the deadly attacks of July 2009 and April 2011, concern about the safety of the residents of Ashraf resulted in more international attention being paid to the residents’ situation. As such, UNAMI and UNHCR said they would work toward addressing the needs of the residents. In summer of 2011, the residents submitted applications to UNHCR requesting that their refugee status in Iraq being recognized officially. A legal process commenced. Eventually on September 13, 2011, after receiving applications from all Ashraf residents for asylum, UNHCR declared the residents to be “asylum seekers under international law”, which entitled them “to benefit from basic protection of their security and well-being.” Furthermore, UNHCR stated, “[it]…would work together with the Government of Iraq and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and other concerned actors to identify a location [for asylum processing] that ensures the safety and respects the rights of all individual applicants.” As part of this, UNHCR also committed to “putting in place a process to consider these requests on an individual basis in a fair and efficient procedure.”
Ever since, the UNHCR has issued statements reiterating the residents’ fundamental rights and emphasizing that the residents are considered as “persons of concern”. However the residents, their lawyers and experts on refugee law are complaining that with respect to the residents of camp Liberty the UNHCR is not fully committed to its mandate as stipulated by the United Nations General Assembly.

UNHCR statement on today's attack on vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, including Camp Liberty, in Iraq
Press Releases, 30 October 2015: UNHCR strongly condemns today's rocket attacks in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport, which have also hit adjacent Camp Hurriyet (Camp…
UNHCR Chief Guterres strongly condemns second deadly attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq
Press Releases: 15 June 2013 – The High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres strongly condemns today's rocket attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq that reportedly killed…
UNHCR Chief Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq
9 February 2013 – The High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres expresses his shock about this morning’s mortar attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq that…
Update No. 12- Update on the situation of residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location
  Update No. 12Update on the situation of residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location UNHCR strongly condemns rocket attacks of 29 October 2015 which…
Update No. 11- Conflict in Iraq continues to affect residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location
  Update No. 11Conflict in Iraq continues to affect residents of the Hurriya Temporary Transit Location The surge in conflict since June 2014 has continued…
Update No. 4-  Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residents and the determination of their international protection needs
    Update No. 4Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residentsand the determination of their international protection needs* Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between…
Update No. 13- Update on the implementation of solutions for residents of Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL)
  Update No. 13 Update on the implementation of solutions for residents of Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL) • 2015 has seen the largest number…
Update No. 9- Continuing insecurity affecting residents of Camp Hurriya
  Update No. 9Continuing insecurity affecting residents of Camp Hurriya ● Since 2011, UNHCR, together with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), has been…
Update No. 8- Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residents and the processing of their cases for solutions
  Update No. 8Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residentsand the processing of their cases for solutions* It has been more than two and a…
Update No. 7- Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residents and the processing of their cases for solutions
    Update No. 7Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) residentsand the processing of their cases for solutions*   Following the deadly attack on Camp…
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External Links

Two Misguided Reports

  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    On 18 May 2005, the US based Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) issued a 28-page report (“the HRW Report”) concerning the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (“PMOI / MEK”).  Entitled ‘No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the MKO Camps’, the HRW Report was essentially based on 12 hours of telephone interviews with 12…
  • Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    The RAND National Defense Research Institute published in July 2009 the report The Mujahedin-e Khalq: A Policy Conundrum for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations). The report focuses on the circumstances surrounding the detention of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) at Camp Ashraf and “whether MeK members were taken into custody…