Arab tribal and religious leaders call for UN protection of Camp Ashraf

The leader of Iraq’s Neda tribe called on the United Nations and Arab countries to intervene to end the Iraqi government’s aggressions against the residents of Camp Ashraf.

In an interview with the Iraqi news agency on Tuesday from Cairo, Sheikh Feysal Houm condemned the Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s actions against Camp Ashraf. He said, “We are ashamed of the desperate and undignified actions carried out at the behest of enemies (Iranian regime) against the residents.”


Camp Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of the main Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Sheikh Houm suggested that Maliki visited Tehran this week in a bid to get Tehran’s backing for his attempts to stay in office. But, “Tribes in the region are ready to support the residents of Ashraf, and they oppose Maliki’s actions, his visit to Iran and his acquiescence to carry out the regime’s orders to stay in power.”

Separately, the Secretary General of Lebanon’s Islamic-Arab Council also condemned pressures on Camp Ashraf and described them as attempts to fulfill the demands of the Iranian regime.

Mohammad-Ali al-Hosseini said, “The bloodletting and rights violations in Ashraf could be seen as an advance payment to the criminal mullahs’ regime in Iran in order to obtain special privileges in return.”

He added, “This is a warning to the Iraqi government because its hidden political objectives and plans run counter to all known religions, traditions and human values.”

Hosseini added that investing on the Iranian regime by any Iraqi faction or group would be like betting on a losing horse, according to the Iraqi news agency.

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