By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monday, 18 April 2016
According to separate reports a number of Iraqi MPs have voiced support for the rights of Camp Liberty residents in Iraq where members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK) are stationed.
Iraqi MP Ms. Tafge Ahmed Mirza from the Change Movement and Chair of the Iraqi Parliament NGO Commission called on the central government to take into consideration the humanitarian aspect of Camp Liberty residents’ situation.
“The residents of this camp are refugees. Therefore, in such circumstances the Iraqi government bears specific responsibilities, especially regarding necessary protection and adopting essential and urgent action for this camp,” she said.
“The government also bears the responsibility of procuring basic living necessities for the residents of this camp, along with adequate hygiene supplies and medical care,” she added. The responsibilities of this government relate not only to Liberty residents, but also anyone seeking refuge in the Iraqi government and requesting security and protection of his/her life.
Ms. Mirza called on domestic and international human rights organizations to pay closer attention to the issue of Camp Liberty, especially due to the siege imposed on this camp that from time to time leads to the barring of services such as food stuffs, medicine, fuel and …
Yesterday the al-Nahar News website posted the support of yet another Iraqi MP of Camp Liberty residents’ human rights:
Iraqi MP Abdulbari Zebari emphasized the Iraqi government is obliged to carry out international laws and standards, including human rights laws regarding the issue of Camp Liberty residents.
“Any human being living on Iraqi soil must obtain guarantees about their security that prove their safety,” he said. “The Iraqi government must guarantee the well-being of refugees and asylum-seekers on its soil, and protect their rights in a safe environment with the standard of an Iraqi citizen and also refugees living this country,” al-Zebari continued. He called on the Iraqi government to be obliged to what the Iraqi government has signed in respect to international laws and relevant human rights laws.
It is worth noting that in a number of organized protest rallies and in various statements issued in their name, the refugees of Camp “Liberty” located near Baghdad have called on the Iraqi government and United Nations to adopt necessary measures to provide them protection and find a solution to prevent a repeat of rocket barrages similar to the last October attack that lead to dozens being killed and wounded.