By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Friday, 1 July 2016
The residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq were left today without fuel, food and medicine today, Friday 1 July for the fifth successive day. The Iraqi Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents has prevented entry of tankers carrying fuel and oil for generators, and trucks carrying food stuffs, hygiene products and medicine to Camp Liberty. They have sent back the tankers and trucks after stopping them for some time. This inhumane measure which has started since June 27th, will rapidly create a crisis in the Camp.
While all the vital systems in the camp including water purification, sewage, air conditioning, cooking and food refrigeration are electrical and the only source of power generation are the camp's old generators, preventing fuel delivery to the camp rapidly brings all the systems to a halt and creates a dangerous crisis in the camp.
By preventing delivery of fuel, food and medicine in the 50C heat of the month of Ramadan, the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents seeks to bring maximum pressure on the camp's residents and torment them physically and psychologically. These actions are in gross violation of a number of international conventions and specifically the MOU signed between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations on December 25, 2011, and their perpetrators have to be prosecuted by international tribunals.
The written commitments repeatedly made by the United Nations and the United States are promising to ensure the safety and security of Camp Liberty residents and demands their immediate intervention to end the inhumane blockade imposed on Camp Liberty, and to resume delivery of Camp residents' needs, particularly the delivery of fuel, food and medicines.
The residents in wrote letters today to international human rights organizations, the UNHCR, the Human Rights Council and other relevant UN agencies and rapporteurs to condemn the criminal blockade imposed on Camp Liberty and compel the Government of Iraq to end the siege.