France’s Socialist Party released a statement on May 7 about the massacre at Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Iraq. The translated text of the statement posted on the party’s official website is as follows:
Killings must end at Ashraf
Since the control of Camp Ashraf in Iraq, home to People’s Mojahedin refugees, was transferred to Iraqi authorities, the residents of this camp have been subjected to a persistent and bloody repression.
After the intervention of the Iraqi security forces on April 8, the UN confirmed the death of 34 people. The unacceptable acts of violence have been criticized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and condemned by the international community, but no effective protection measure has been taken since.
In unison with human rights organizations, the Socialist Party condemns the violent repression against the inhabitants of Camp Ashraf and calls for ensuring of the protection of the Ashraf population.
International humanitarian law requires that the Iraqi regime ensures the security of refugees and protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The protection of civilians must be a priority in all circumstances and France and the European Union must demand that this (protection) is ensured.