A bipartisan group of House representatives called on US government officials on Wednesday to comply with US obligations in regards to Camp Ashraf and work towards lifting the terror ban against Iran’s main opposition as soon as possible.
The hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee focused on a progress report on the implementation of sanctions against the Iranian regime.
US lawmakers raised worries about suppressive measures against the residents of Camp Ashraf to the US Undersecretary of State, William Burns, and Treasury Undersecretary Stuart Levey.
They also criticized the State Department’s delay in removing the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the terror list, requesting written responses to their questions and worries.
In response to inquiries from representatives, Undersecretary Burns said, “We take very seriously the concerns that have been raised about inadequate availability of medical treatment and other kinds of activities at Camp Ashraf. We, along with the UN mission in Iraq, meet regularly with the Iraqi government to hold them to their obligation to ensure that basic human and individual rights of the residents of Ashraf are protected and we will continue to do that.”
“We and the UN mission will continue to insist that the Iraqi government meet its obligation to ensure the human rights of the residents of Ashraf, and that is to say that they are not subject to forcible repatriation to a place that might persecute them and that they have access to the medical treatment that they need, and we will continue to push that hard.”