Iraq: Maliki’s agents continue preventing fuel delivery to Iranians refugees in Camp Liberty

For twelfth consecutive day, Maliki’s agents are preventing fuel from getting to Camp Liberty

Depriving residents of food, medicine and fuel are blatant examples of war crime and crime against humanity

NCRI – It is now two weeks that at the behest of the mullahs’ regime, Maliki’s agents are implementing a new round of pressures and sanctions against Camp Liberty residents. Preventing entry of fuel, food, medicine and free access to medical services are among these measures.

1. As of Sunday, August 24, it is now twelve consecutive days that they are preventing fuel from getting to Camp Liberty. The Iraqi government prevents connecting Camp Liberty’s electricity to the national grid and as such the needed electricity is only provided by the camp’s electric generators whose fuel is running out. All the infrastructures and basic life affairs depend on the electricity that is generated by these generators.

2. At the same time, it is now twelve days that the lubricant needed for the generators is prevented from entering the camp. Without lubricant, these generators quickly turn unusable.

3. The fuel for the electric generators at the water pumping station outside the camp is also running out and if this fuel is not expeditiously provided, the pumping of water will cease.

4. It is now eight days that the Iraqi forces are obstructing entry of rented sewage tankers to the camp. This has caused the black water tanks to overflow; creating pollution and many hygienic problems in 50 degrees centigrade heat. These agents whose aim is to torture the residents also prevent an increase in the runs of residents’ own sewage tankers as well.

5. In an unprecedented measure since last week, Maliki’s agents obstructed entry of food stuff and medicine to Camp Liberty.

The abovementioned criminal measures are crime against humanity and war crime according to the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute (of the International Criminal Court). In a conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva on 14 March 2014, Professor Jean Ziegler, member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, draw a parallel between the siege placed on Camp Liberty and that of areas under siege in Syria and said: “According to article 54 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, imposition of hunger on citizens as an act of war is prohibited” and “the Rome Statute that lays the foundation for the International Criminal Court, accentuates that intentional acts to impose hunger on citizens as a war method by depriving them of items they need in order to stay alive, is a war crime”.

Emphasizing on the written and repeated commitments of the United Nations and the U.S. government regarding the safety and security of Camp Liberty residents, the Iranian Resistance is calling for urgent and resolute action to end the unlawful and anti-human siege on Camp Liberty by the Government of Iraq and for free access of residents to fuel, food, medicine, medical services and to all humanitarian and human rights standards.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 24, 2014

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