Mayor Rudi Giuliani - March 24, 2012 Paris - Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. I want to begin by joining Madam Rajavi in expressing my deep sympathy and empathy and prayers for the families of the victims of excessive fundamentalism here in France. As mayor of a city that suffered that fate over ten years ago, I think I have particular understanding of how much pain and suffering that causes. I also want to join Madam Rajavi in her pointing out that this is an example not of Islam or the Islamic religion, but an example of how any religion or ideology can be taken to excess by people who misuse it. And I think the people of France understand that as the people of America did.
In an international conference held in Paris on 24 March 2012 attended by thousands of Iranians, speakers from the United States and Europe stressed on the need for a firm policy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime and protecting the rights of Ashraf and Liberty residents and the removal of terrorism label.
Maryam Rajavi speech at the international conference in Paris
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European Voice.com - By Alejo Vidal-Quadras 20-3-2012
An agreement between the UN and the Iraqi government on the treatment of Iranian dissidents is not being respected.
Martin Kobler, the special representative of the United Nations' secretary-general in Iraq, will visit Brussels on Wednesday to address the European Parliament's foreign-affairs committee. At that meeting, he will hear of the grave concern felt by many MEPs about the conditions experienced by members of the Iranian opposition at two camps in Iraq, Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty.
Council of Europe - Paliamentry Assembly 15/03/2012
PACE’s Political Affairs Committee has repeated its call to the Iraqi authorities to stop turning Camp Liberty – a site near Baghdad where around 800 members of an Iranian opposition group are now living – into a prison. In a statement adopted yesterday, the committee called for armed units and surveillance to be removed from the camp, as well as free movement for its residents and improved conditions, including access to medical services, lawyers and UN monitors.
HUFF POST – By Hossein Abedini 15 March 2012
Camp Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of the main Iranian opposition group, People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) since 1986, as the clerical regime's wave of executions in Iran forced the Iranian opposition to exile in Iraq through Paris.
The PMOI is the pivotal force of the broad coalition of democratic Iranian organizations, groups and personalities, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), born in 1981 in Teheran. NCRI assembles those aiming to establish a democratic and secular government in Iran, rejects Khomeini's doctrine of absolut rule of the clergy - the principle of Velayat-e faqih.
During his trip to Tehran and meetings with clerical regime's leaders, the Vice-President of Iraq Khozair al-Khazaie, a leader of al-Dawa Party and an intimate of Maliki, reiterated Maliki's obligations to the religious fascism ruling Iran in suppressing and pressuring residents of Ashraf. In this trip, Khazaie was accompanied by Adnan Asaadi, Iraqi deputy Interior Minister, and Shia Soudani, the so-called Minister of Human Rights, both from Maliki's band and from the al-Dawa Party.
In a new antihuman measure, Iraqi suppressive forces intensified the medical siege on Ashraf by preventing terminal patients from going to hospitals in Baghdad and Baquba.
On Monday morning (March 12), eight patients were supposed to be taken to the hospitals in Baghdad and Baquba according to their appointments and coordination already made with the Iraqi forces. However, upon orders of the committee tasked with suppression of Ashraf, they were rejected and sent back from the New Iraq hospital in Ashraf which is under the control of Iraqi forces. Their trip had been coordinated with the New Iraq hospital since Wednesday, March 7; also, the Iraqi forces and the New Iraq hospital had confirmed that no problem existed concerning their trip. But, Ashraf suppressive committee cancelled their trip today without specifying any other date. This is while most of these patients are in critical conditions and are in need of immediate treatment.
Camp Liberty- No. 18
Hindering the transfer of patients to Baghdad hospital in past few days
While the residents of Liberty are suffering severe water shortages, Iraqi forces are constantly hindering the water supply for the camp. They delay the water tankers that bring water from a distance of 12 km to the camp, at checkpoints and the camp entrance using various excuses, such that the water arrives late to the camp. Iraqi forces also threaten Iraqi drivers who bring water to the camp and tell them that if they continue to provide water for the residents, they will be arrested. Suppressive forces in recent days have beaten several of the drivers.
Camp Liberty- No. 17
On Saturday March 10 and Monday March 12, two other sewage tanks in Liberty were punctured due to wear and tear (photo is attached). Massive sewage spill has polluted the area of the Liberty and the residents' health is seriously endangered. UNAMI representatives have witnessed the scene and of photographed and filmed it.
Prior to this, on February 28, due to burst of one of the main sewer pipes, a large part of the camp was contaminated. In such circumstances, not only the effort of the residents who frequently ask the Iraqi government representative for the repair and reconstruction of sewage systems has gone nowhere, but he prevents residents' own actions to solve this problem. Iraqi forces, despite the availability of similar tanks at the camp, prevent moving worn out and outdated tanks.
Getty Images - The president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi (C), Franco-Columbian politician and former Farc's hostage Ingrid Betancourt and European Union Ambassador for Humanitarian Causes Tasha de Vasconcelos (R) take part in a meeting of women of the Midle East and North Africa in support with women of these regions fighting for their rights and with women of Achraf camp on March 10, 2012 in La plaine Saint-Denis, outside Paris.