PACE condemns use of loudspeakers for psychological torture

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Doc. 12510- 28 January 2011- Camp Ashraf- Written Declaration No 472: This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it

On 7 January 2011, the assault on Camp Ashraf, in which Iraqi forces participated, left 176 residents, including 91 women, injured. Iraqi forces denied medical treatment to the injured and expelled them from the hospital. Some 180 loudspeakers have been used to psychologically torture the residents since February 2010. On 5 January, Iran’s foreign minister urged the Iraqi Prime Minister to increase practical measures against Ashraf. Under the supervision of the Committee to Close Ashraf in the Prime Minister’s office, the siege of Ashraf over the past two years, including medical restrictions, has led to the death of two residents.

The raid on 28-29 July 2009 left 11 residents killed and 500 injured.
The recent measures seriously violate the 4th Geneva Convention which applies to Ashraf residents, and accordingly to the 27 December 2010 ruling by a Spanish court and the statute of the International Criminal Court are considered “war crimes”.
The United Nations and the United States must guarantee the protection of Ashraf.
We urge the Parliamentary Assembly member states to:
- convince the Iraqi Government to dissolve the Ashraf Closure Committee and place Ashraf’s dossier under the supervision of the Iraqi Parliament;
- to end immediately the psychological torture of the residents by Iranian intelligence agents using 180 loudspeakers.

Signed:
HANCOCK Mike, United Kingdom, ALDE
AGIUS Francis, Malta, EPP/CD
AGRAMUNT FONT DE MORA Pedro, Spain, EPP/CD
ALIGRUDIĆ Miloš, Serbia, EPP/CD
ANDERSEN Karin, Norway, UEL
ANDERSON Donald, United Kingdom, SOC
ANDRÝSOVÁ Lenka, Czech Republic, ALDE
ANGHEL Florin Serghei, Romania, EPP/CD
ARIB Khadija, Netherlands, SOC
BADEA Viorel Riceard, Romania, EPP/CD
BENTON Joe, United Kingdom, SOC
BERGAMINI Deborah, Italy, EPP/CD
BILOZIR Oksana, Ukraine, EPP/CD
BINLEY Brian, United Kingdom, EDG
BODEN Fernand, Luxembourg, EPP/CD
BOLDI Rossana, Italy, EDG
BRAUN Márton, Hungary, EPP/CD
BUGNON André, Switzerland, ALDE
CARLINO Giulana, Italy, NR
CARTES IVERN Joan, Andorra, SOC
CHARALAMBOPOULOS Georges, Greece, SOC
CHERNYSHENKO Igor, Russian Federation, EDG
ČIGĀNE Lolita, Latvia, EPP/CD
CILEVIČS Boriss, Latvia, SOC
CONDE BAJÉN Agustín, Spain, EPP/CD
CONNARTY Michael, United Kingdom, SOC
COUSIN Alain, France, EPP/CD
DEBONO GRECH Joseph, Malta, SOC
DÍAZ TEJERA Arcadio, Spain, SOC
DOBBIN Jim, United Kingdom, SOC
DOMBRAVA Jānis, Latvia, NR
DONALDSON Jeffrey, United Kingdom, EDG
DORIĆ Miljenko, Croatia, ALDE
DUMERY Daphné, Belgium, NR
ÉKES József, Hungary, EPP/CD
ERR Lydie, Luxembourg, SOC
FILIPIOVÁ Daniela, Czech Republic, EDG
FISCHER Axel E., Germany, EPP/CD
FISCHEROVÁ Jana, Czech Republic, EDG
FLYNN Paul, United Kingdom, SOC
FOŘT Stanislav, Slovak Republic, ALDE
FOURNIER Bernard, France, EPP/CD
FRAHM Pernille, Denmark, UEL
FRANKEN Hans, Netherlands, EPP/CD
FRITZ Erich Georg, Germany, EPP/CD
FRUNDA György, Romania, EPP/CD
GALE Roger, United Kingdom, EDG
GAUDI NAGY Tamás, Hungary, NR
GHILETCHI Valeriu, Moldova, EPP/CD
GIARETTA Paolo, Italy, ALDE
GRAF Martin, Austria, NR
GROSS Andreas, Switzerland, SOC
GUŢU Ana, Moldova, ALDE
HADŽIAHMETOVIĆ Azra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ALDE
HAIBACH Holger, Germany, EPP/CD
HERKEL Andres, Estonia, EPP/CD
HOOD Jim, United Kingdom, SOC
HOPPÁL Péter, Hungary, EPP/CD
HÜBINGER Anette, Germany, EPP/CD
HURSKAINEN Sinikka, Finland, SOC
HUSS Jean, Luxembourg, SOC
IDRIZI Shpëtim, Albania, ALDE
INGLEWOOD Richard, United Kingdom, EDG
IVANIĆ Mladen, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD
IVANOVSKI Igor, ''The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', SOC
IWIŃSKI Tadeusz, Poland, SOC
JENSEN Mogens, Denmark, SOC
JOVANOVIĆ Čedomir, Serbia, ALDE
KAIKKONEN Antti, Finland, ALDE
KALLIO Reijo, Finland, SOC
KALMÁR Ferenc, Hungary, EPP/CD
KANDELAKI Guiorgui, Georgia, EPP/CD
KENNEDY Charles, United Kingdom, ALDE
KOÇ Haluk, Turkey, SOC
KONEČNÁ Kateřina, Czech Republic, UEL
KONEČNÝ Albrecht, Austria, SOC
KORKEAOJA Juha, Finland, ALDE
KOSZORÚS László, Hungary, EPP/CD
KOVÁCS Elvira, Serbia, EPP/CD
KOX Tiny, Netherlands, UEL
KUBATA Václav, Czech Republic, EPP/CD
KUBOVIČ Pavol, Slovak Republic, EPP/CD
KÜHNEL Franz Eduard, Austria, EPP/CD
KUODYTĖ Dalia, Lithuania, ALDE
LAAKSO Jaakko, Finland, UEL
LAUKKANEN Markku, Finland, ALDE
LEIGH Edward, United Kingdom, EDG
LIOVOCHKINA Yuliya, Ukraine, EDG
LOTMAN Aleksei, Estonia, UEL
MAISSEN Theo, Switzerland, EPP/CD
MARMAZOV Yevhen, Ukraine, UEL
MARQUET Bernard, Monaco, ALDE
MEALE Alan, United Kingdom, SOC
MEHMETI DEVAJA Ermira, ''The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', SOC
MENDONÇA MENDES Ana Catarina, Portugal, SOC
MORIAU Patrick, Belgium, SOC
MÓSESDÓTTIR Lilja, Iceland, UEL
MOTA AMARAL João Bosco, Portugal, EPP/CD
MUÑOZ ALONSO Alejandro, Spain, EPP/CD
NEGELE Gebhard, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD
NESSA Pasquale, Italy, EPP/CD
NOUVION Laurent, Monaco, NR
OSBORNE Sandra, United Kingdom, SOC
OSCARSSON Mikael, Sweden, EPP/CD
PANTELEEV Oleg, Russian Federation, EDG
PANŢIRU Tudor, Romania, SOC
PARFENOV Valery, Russian Federation, EDG
PELEGRINI Peter, Slovak Republic, SOC
POCHINOK Alexander, Russian Federation, EDG
POSTANJYAN Zaruhi, Armenia, EPP/CD
POULSEN Jørgen, Denmark, ALDE
POURGOURIDES Christos, Cyprus, EPP/CD
PRESCOTT John, United Kingdom, SOC
PRESEČNIK Jakob, Slovenia, EPP/CD
PUCHE RODRÍGUEZ-ACOSTA Gabino, Spain, EPP/CD
de PUIG i OLIVE Lluís Maria, Spain, SOC
RIBA FONT Maria Pilar, Andorra, SOC
ROSEIRA Luisa, Portugal, EPP/CD
ROSOVÁ Tatiana, Slovak Republic, EPP/CD
SAAR Indrek, Estonia, SOC
SANTINI Giacomo, Italy, EPP/CD
SASI Kimmo, Finland, EPP/CD
SCHÄDLER Leander, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD
SEVENHANS Luc, Belgium, NR
SHERIDAN Jim, United Kingdom, SOC
SOBKO Sergey, Russian Federation, UEL
SOBOLEV Serhiy, Ukraine, EPP/CD
SOLONIN Yury, Russian Federation, EDG
STAVROSITU Maria, Romania, EPP/CD
STIRBLYTĖ Arūnė, Lithuania, ALDE
STOILOV Yanaki, Bulgaria, SOC
STOLFI Fiorenzo, San Marino, SOC
STRIK Tineke, Netherlands, SOC
STUMP Doris, Switzerland, SOC
SZÉKYNÉ SZTRÉMI Melinda, Hungary, EPP/CD
TORRES PUIG Joan, Andorra, ALDE
TRETTEBERGSTUEN Anette, Norway, SOC
TSISKARISHVILI Petré, Georgia, EPP/CD
TUDOSE Mihai, Romania, SOC
UKKOLA Tuulikki, Finland, EPP/CD
ÚLEHLA Tomáš, Czech Republic, EDG
VAREIKIS Egidijus, Lithuania, EPP/CD
VERCAMER Stefaan, Belgium, EPP/CD
VĖSAITĖ Birutė, Lithuania, SOC
VITALI Luigi, Italy, EPP/CD
VOLONTÈ Luca, Italy, EPP/CD
VOLOZHINSKAYA Tatiana, Russian Federation, EDG
WOLDSETH Karin S., Norway, EDG
WURM Gisela, Austria, SOC
XUCLÀ i COSTA Jordi, Spain, ALDE
ZINGERIS Emanuelis, Lithuania, EPP/CD

DORION Jean, Canada, Obs.
MacDONALD Michael L, Canada, Obs.
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Total = 151
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
SOC: Socialist Group
ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group

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