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The protection and security of refugees and asylum seekers in Iraq - by Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill,Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, London
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill,Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, London

The case of the refugees in Camps Ashraf and Liberty

Introduction

I have been asked to advise on international legal and institutional aspects of the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Iraq, with specific reference to those resident in ‘Camp Liberty’. The residents were relocated to this location from Camp Ashraf (also referred to as Camp New Iraq), ostensibly to facilitate individual, case- by-case decision-making by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), notwithstanding clear prima facie evidence of entitlement to international protection.
Camp Liberty has been designated as a ‘temporary transit location’; to all intents and purposes, it is a refugee camp, the residents of which are in urgent need of a solution (resettlement) in a third country, or immediate transfer to a safe environment, owing to their precarious security situation in Camp Liberty.

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