Iraqi MP demands government respect rights of Camp Liberty residents

An Iraqi MP has called on his government to respect the rights of Camp Liberty residents, who are suffering human rights abuses in a ‘detention camp environment’.

Faris Al-Sanjari said the camp’s Iranian dissidents are recognized as refugees in Iraq based on international law.

Mr Al-Sanjari added: “They have been deprived of all their rights now and they are being held in a detention-like environment.

“If the government is making claims that are serious concerning the respect of freedom, human rights and the freedom of the press, why is not providing for the humanitarian needs of these people.

“It is necessary for the Iraqi government to deal with them with transparency so that it their actions do not have a negative impact on the international status of Iraq.”

Liberty residents are enduring a harsh food and medical supplies blockade by the Iraqi forces who guard the camp.

Camp Liberty houses around 2,900 Iranian opposition members who had been living in Camp Ashraf for decades before they were forcibly transferred to the camp near Baghdad.

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